Maziyar "Maz" Jobrani (Persian: مازیار جبرانی; born February 26, 1972) is an Iranian-American comedian and actor who is part of the "Axis of Evil" comedy group. The group appeared on a comedy special on Comedy Central. Jobrani has also appeared in numerous films, television shows, including Better Off Ted, on radio, and in comedy clubs. His filmography includes roles in The Interpreter, Friday After Next, Dragonfly, and Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero. He appeared as a regular character on the 2017 CBS sitcom Superior Donuts. He is also currently a board member of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).
Jobrani in May 2007
|Birth name||Maziyar Jobrani|
|Born||February 26, 1972|
|Medium||Stand-up, Television, Film|
|Genres||Observational comedy, Satire|
|Subject(s)||Racism/Race relations, Islamophobia, Iranian culture,|
Islam in the United States,
Early life and education
Jobrani was born in Tehran, Iran. He and his parents moved to California when he was six years old. He was raised in Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay area. He attended Redwood High School in Larkspur, and was inducted into the Redwood distinguished alumni class of 2017. Jobrani studied political science and Italian at UC Berkeley, where he received a B.A. degree. He was enrolled in a Ph.D. program at UCLA when he decided to pursue his childhood dream of acting and performing comedy.
Television and radio
Jobrani has since made appearances on shows like The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Talkshow with Spike Feresten, Whitney, and regularly performs at top comedy clubs (in California and New York) such as The Comedy Store. He made an appearance as a dental patient on an episode of Still Standing, in the pilot episodes of Better Off Ted, The Knights of Prosperity, on an episode of Cedric the Entertainer Presents, on an episode of Malcolm in the Middle as Robber #2 and on an episode of The West Wing as a Saudi prince. He also made an appearance in 13 Going on 30. He has toured with the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. He provided the voice of Ahmed Farahnakian in the audiobook version of World War Z. Jobrani has written a movie with a friend called Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero.
Jobrani makes occasional appearances on NPR's news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and American Public Media's Wits. He appeared on episode 118, October 28, 2010 of WTF with Marc Maron. Additionally, Jobrani co-hosts his own podcast on the All Things Comedy podcasting network with fellow comedians Al Madrigal and Chris Spencer. Titled Minivan Men, the podcast chronicles the lives and experiences of the three hosts with particular focus on fatherhood.
He played Jafar in the 2015 musical fantasy television film Descendants.
In 2015, Jobrani released a memoir entitled I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One On TV.
Jobrani's jokes focus on race and the misunderstanding of Middle Easterners in America. He also talks about his family.
Stand up specials
- 2007 Axis of Evil Comedy Special
- 2009 Brown & Friendly
- 2013 I Come in Peace
- 2015 I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One On TV
- 2017 Immigrant
- "Staff and Board". NIAC. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
- Rezaian, Jason (September 8, 2007). "Talking with Maz Jobrani". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 22, 2009.
- Maz Jobrani Comedy Central Special
- Schten, Rachel (15 March 2017). "Avenue of Giants inductees hail from diverse fields". Redwood Bark. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- Subramaniam, Gourishankar (2007). "ABC's The Knights of Prosperity bio". ABC. Retrieved November 7, 2007.
- Downs, Gordon (2011). "Interview With Comedian Maz Jobrani". SanDiego.com. Archived from the original on February 16, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2011.
- Mechanic, Michael (February 3, 2015). "Bombs Sometimes, Kills Often, But Maz Jobrani Swears He Isn't a Terrorist". Mother Jones.
- Official website
- Maz Jobrani on IMDb
- Maz Jobrani at TED
- Bakshi, Amar (2007). "Maz Jobrani and Jack Bauer in How the World Sees America". Washington Post/Newsweek. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
- Interview and photos
- Maz Jobrani speaks out about Democracy for Iranians
- Interview with SanDiego.com, 2/14/2011
- Maz Jobrani speaks about the immigrant experience for an Iranian-American