Awards and Recognition

Over the years, Shahryar’s received much recognition for his stand-up and writing.


The biggest recognition he received was to be invited to perform in the 2013 Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk Nebraska.

Shahryar was a semi-finalist in the 2007 DC Funniest Fed Contest, but the Washington Post online favorite for the contest.  In the 2009 Funniest Fed, Shahryar was runner up.

His earliest recognition was in 2002, the first time he did Stand-up Comedy at his Alma Mater, the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC’s) Funniest Person on Campus contest.  He came in 3rd.


His most notable writing achievement is being a Finalist in the Acclaim TV Scriptwriting contest for Independents, a TV pilot he co-wrote with Usman Sheikh. (He continues to have hope that one day his TV show will get greenlit).

For the same pilot, they were both also semi-finalists in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.

In 2005, Shahryar’s short play The History Lesson was selected to be performed in the NETSAP STAGE One-Act Festival in College Park.