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Payam Karamooz’s comedy career started after finishing college in Portland, Oregon.  He began performing improv around the Portland area with friends.  Soon after, he was recruited to tour with an improve group called, “The Kate Mackey Experience”.  And shortly after that, he went on to study improve at The Groundlings, and Comedy Sportz.

Since 1998 Payam has been humiliating himself on stage, TV, film, the internet and any other media outlet he could find.  He has performed at numerous comedy clubs, fund raising events, and corporate venues.  Payam’s improv experience allows him to veer in and out of pre-written material while interacting with audience members, making them feel like part of the show.

Payam has been seen on shows like “The Batchelor Season 20”, “24”, “Dexter”, “Mad TV”, “CSI-New York”, and “The Cleaner”.  He has also had appearances in movies such as Star Trek, Caught in the Act, and American Dreamz. 

Whether Payam is playing a terrorist, mental patient, or a flamboyant stockroom boy in front of the camera; or delivering his standup material while improvising to a live crowd; he is always spontaneously entertaining.