We use cookies to help us understand how you use our site, and make your experience better. To find out more read our privacy policy.
Profile image for Pax Assadi

Pax Assadi

Comedian, Actor

Pax Assadi began doing stand-up comedy in 2012 — utilising skills he'd honed selling vacuum cleaners as a teen. Nominated for the Billy T Award a year later, he began writing for TV series Brown Eye in 2015. He was a writer and host on sketch comedy series Only In Aotearoa, alongside his partners in the comedy trio Frickin Dangerous Bro. Assadi's been a writer and guest on 7 Days and The Project, becoming a regular guest host on The Project in 2019. He's also acted on TV's Mean Mums, Tongue Tied and the animated Jandal Burn, and co-stars in his own sitcom, Raised by Refugees. The 2022 show is based on his stand-up set of the same name. 

...he [my father] was incredibly nervous — partly because his son is portraying him, but also partly because this show is not scared of getting serious ... it is a comedy show, but I delve into some painful moments in my parents' lives, and obviously in my life as a 12-year-old. Pax Assadi on playing his own father in his autobiographical sitcom Raised by Refugees, Radio New Zealand, 5 March 2022