NEWPORT COAST — It was funny in English, as well as in Persian, as Firoozeh Dumas had hundreds of Sage Hill students laughing out loud in the high school's gymnasium on Friday.
The well-known author regaled them with funny bits and pieces about the occasional Iranian American culture clashes.
A successful writer who's published a pair of books, "Laughing Without an Accent" and "Funny in Farsi," Dumas said ABC came awfully close to producing a sitcom on her life but later demurred.
Not one for accepting rejection — she got a lot of that for her writing before getting published — Dumas joked that the ultimate rejection had to be when ABC turned her down for the role in which she would use her own voice for her own part in the pilot sitcom.
When one student stood up and asked her whether she was "furious" at not landing a role that so logically should have been hers, Dumas jokingly quipped, "I got paranoid! I thought, 'What's wrong with my voice?'"