Each month at the Dallas Comedy House, we highlight an individual nominated by their peers as Performer Of The Month. To cast your vote for a performer, simply fill out this form.
The recipient this month is Shahyan Jahani, a comedian of many talents who can currently be seen as the host of the Open Mic and in many other shows throughout the area. He’s known not only for his work on stage, but also for his mentorship of other comedians in the scene.
Here are the words of the person that nominated Shahyan for Performer Of The Month:
Of the three people running the stand-up open mic, he's been running it the longest. He's done a stellar a job, is a fantastic comic and a great coach of other aspiring stand-ups in the scene, both inside and outside of DCH.
I asked Shahyan a few questions to better get to know this wonderful person.
When did you discover DCH?
Shahyan- I think I know the exact date lemme check... Sept 2014. Did my 1st open mic ever on Sept 23, 2014.
Who were some of the performers that helped you out early on?
Shahyan- Paulos Feerow, Lauren Davis, Grant Redmond and Christian Hughes. Carey Cool Tripp was the first comedy friend I had because when I walked into DCH on 9/23/14 he ran up to me asked if I was Jimmy Garoppolo of the New England Patriots.
You started improvising after you had performed standup for a while. What made you decide to take improv classes?
Shahyan- Looked fun! The improvisers always looked like they were having the best time. Also as I learned more about the entertainment industry (and life) I learned being skilled in improv comedy is actually a huge asset. I knew it would help me on and off stage and it has several applications both at work (I’m in sales) and in life.
What's the best advice you've ever received about standup?
Shahyan- Keep your head down and work. Get on stage as much as you can. Do it for as long as it brings you joy.
As the host of the open mic, you've watched a ton of people. What can open mic performers do to set themselves up to succeed in that show?
Shahyan- Be present to see what the audience is enjoying and what they are not. There’s a lot of value in watching others go up. When you are up on stage whether it’s 2 ppl in the audience or 200, give the same maximum effort. Go all in. If you fail you go home, go to sleep and wake up to a new day to try again.
Who would win in a fight: You or anyone?
Shahyan- Hahahaha man I hate fighting but I also hate losing fights so, ME!
David Allison is writer and performer at the Dallas Comedy House, who can currently be seen with Ballast Point, David & Terry, Gerald and The Rift. He also directs the sketch team Walker Dog and the improv team Watermelon. Previous credits include Jason: A Campy Musical, Freddy: A Devilish Musical, That 90s Show, Return Of The 90s, Sensation: The Next Great Play, The DCH Roast Series and more!