The sisters were raised in Irvine, California, and graduated from University High School. Nasim graduated from University of California, Los Angeles School of Theatre in 2003.
She also co-starred in the Fox series Scream Queens. Her younger sister is comedy writer Nina Pedrad. Both sisters are fluent in Persian.
Early work Pedrad was a performer with the Sunday Company at The Groundlings.
She frequently performed her one-woman show Maine, Myself & Iran at the Los Angeles divisions of ImprovOlympic and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. The show was selected for the 2007 Home Box Office Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.
Pedrad made her first television appearance on an episode of Gilmore Girls. She had a recurring role on Emergency as Nurse Suri.
In 2009 she had a guest appearance on lieutenant"s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Saturday Night Live Pedrad joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2009 as part of the 35th (2009–2010) season. Pedrad is one of a handful of cast members (joining the Italian-born Tony Rosato, the New Zealand-born Pamela Stephenson, the English-born Morwenna Banks, and the Chilean-born Horatio Sanz) to be born outside North America and being of Iranian ancestry she is the show"s first female Middle-Eastern cast member. Pedrad became a repertory player in the 2011-2012 season after two years of being a featured player.
Pedrad left SNL in 2014 to work on Mulaney.
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She was a member of the University of California, Los Angeles Spring Sing Company.