If you are on a lookout for a quick tonic but don’t have some extra time to spare, you must head over to Amir Hamdollahzadeh’s account. Open Instagram or Facebook and you’ll find some or the other person responding to update with a comical or satirical comment used by the 26-year-old musician cum comedian, also fondly called Kamyar696.Such is the fan base of this iconic internet star who shot to fame in recent years – thanks to his personality, humor, and importantly, versatility. And since then, there has been no looking back for this comedian who is probably one of the very few artists in Iran as well as around the world to have a virtual fan following of more than 2.1 million alone on Instagram.
Full of impressions and accents, short still and original characters, it’s no surprise that Kamyar696’s virality doesn’t stop at Instagram or Facebook, either – the performer has more than 10,000 views on each of his videos and nearly 6000 subscribers on his YouTube page. But what makes Kamyar696 a versatile comedian is the organic nature of his humor, which is evidently seen if you scroll through his page.And while one may attribute a post or video going viral to the chosen subject matter or luck, it’s obvious with Kamyar696’s immense fan base and consistent efforts to connect with themthat this fame is no fluke, and is here to stay for a longer period.
Right from his first video to date, Kamyar696 has played exemplary roles and this tickled his audiences with comical memes. The variations that he shows in every character he plays is what makes him stand out and praiseworthy. Being raised by music and comedy, the two have been embedded in his blood, he believes. In terms of his work, Kamyar 696 shares having a very absorbent community of followers who not only appreciate and compliment his work constantly but also share critical feedbacks if the situation demands. This connection and support, he believes, has helped him evolve as an improv comedian. “People accept me in different characters, and this makes me all the more comfortable in being someone else. My end goal is to maintain my versatility, for which people love me, and also to keep people entertained,” said Kamyar696.
The Iranian comedian, who took the giant leap into improvisational comedy without any formal training or experience, firmly states that his focus on listening to what the people wanted to hear served as the base in improvising his content while giving performances on the spot in front of a virtual or live audience. “Having understood early on that being a comedian isn’t just about being funny, rather, more about being a conversationalist paved way for me and helped me stand out from the crowd. I do realize that I owe people a lot, and hence, I wouldn’t stop taking efforts to impress the audiences at any point. I will continue to strive to showcase my work and to keep up with people’s expectations,” added Kamyar696.
By proving to be a source of inspiration, openness, and creativity for young comedians, influencers, and creators everywhere, Kamyar696 has successfully made his mark on the virtual world. So far, he has made us split our sides giggling and laughing, but it’ll be interesting to see what he lays out on the table in the near future.
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