Maz Jobrani Facts

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1. Maz Jobrani was born on Feb. 26, 1973 in Tehran, Iran.

2. When he was six, he moved to California.

3. He studied Political Science and Italian at UC Berkeley.

4. He was on track for his Ph.D. when he decided he wanted to pursue acting and comedy instead.

5. In 1999, he made his television debut as a security guard in Chicago Hope.

6. He has since appeared in televsion shows such as 24 and Curb Your Enthusiam and in several feature films including Friday After NextThe Interpreter and 13 Going On 30.

7. He is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour which was formed in order to use jokes and humor to counter post-9/11 prejudice in the United States.

8. He has had a Comedy Central special with Axis of Evil and two Showtime specials.

9. In February, he released a book, I’m Not a Terrorist But I’ve Played One On TV.

10. He has performed stand-up for the King of Jordan.

11. He co-wrote and starred in Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero which came out in 2014.

12. He is involved with the Persian American Cancer Institute and the International Society for Children with Cancer.

13. His style focuses on race and the misunderstanding of Middle Easterners in America.

14. He starred as Jafar in the new Disney movie The Descendants, which came out this summer.

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