Amir K arrived in America with his family when he was five years old. “We moved because of the Iran-Iraq war,” he explains. “We had to leave in a hurry, and we pretty much left everything behind to come here and start over. We had no money and wound up in Orange County, California.” He says that impresses people, who often respond with a query: “By the beach?” “No, by the freeway. We lived in a tiny apartment,” he responds. His parents soon divorced, and his father eventually moved back to Iran. “It was tough at the beginning, but we got acclimated and Americanized, and here we are. I often think about how different my life would be had we stayed in Iran. What would I do for a living? There’s no standup comedy there.” Like many comics, Amir was drawn to comedy as a way to fit in and make friends. That can be seen in his act today. “I like to get silly and talk about observational things,” he says. “But I’m performing in a lot of places I’ve never been to before, and I want people to get to know me and who I am.” That means a lot of stories complete with characters and voices. “That’s partially because, to learn English, I basically mimicked people in my neighborhood.” 16+.