Maziyar 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 had been a board member of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).
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. Standup style. Jobrani's jokes focus on race and the misunderstanding of Middle Easterners in America. He also talks about his family. Philanthropy. Jobrani sits on the board of the Persian American Cancer Institute (PACI.org) and also works with International Society for Children with Cancer (ISCC-Charity.org).
In 2006, Jobrani married an Indian-American attorney named Preetha. They have a son and daughter and reside in California.
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.
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The Funny Dance Show
Comedians learn dance numbers and compete in dance-offs to win $10,000 for their charity of choice.
Monsters Abroad Pilot
A Nickelodeon canceled series animatic pilot following awkward-teen human Leesie as she learns about the secret and mysterious "monsters abroad" program at her new school, Bladenboro Academy. But the ...
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Funny: The Documentary
Follow the career paths of a few of the brightest emerging comedians. Along the way, discover how laughter connects us all.
Maz Jobrani: Immigrant
Iranian American comic Maz Jobrani lights up the Kennedy Center with riffs on immigrant life in the Trump era, modern parenting pitfalls and more.
The relationship between Arthur, the gruff owner of a small donut shop, his enterprising new young employee, Franco, and their loyal patrons in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood.
Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero
A wannabe private investigator wins the Green Card lottery and moves to America to pursue his dream only to find himself embroiled in a conspiracy to start the next world war.
The idyllic kingdom where the benevolent teenage son of King Adam and Queen Belle offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of Disney's classic villains: Carlos, Maleficent, and th...
Maz Jobrani: I'm Not a Terrorist But I've Played One on TV
Comedian Maz Jobrani follows up his bestselling book with a hilarious comedy special of the same title, where he takes on political issues, social issues and his kids through the lens of his Iranian-A...
Shirin in Love
Despite being engaged to a successful Iranian plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Shirin finds herself falling for a mysterious young man who lives in a lighthouse in northern California.
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The documentary exposes the ways in which America's foreign policy agenda in the Middle East drives the U.S. media's portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. The film lays bare the truths behind taboo subject...
We Are Men
We Are Men is about four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love.
Maz Jobrani: I Come in Peace
Maz Jobrani goes to Stockholm, Sweden for his third stand-up special and he shows that comedy can truly be a diplomatic tool when he makes an international audience laugh at topics from his family, to...
Reza Hassani Goes to the Mall
A trip to the mall for a recent immigrant leads to confusion and misunderstanding in this culture clash dramedy that looks at one man's struggle to acclimate to a brave new world.
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Drama - As the son of the Imam of the local Brooklyn mosque, eleven year-old Daud has to juggle the high expectations of his Father and his feelings of isolation and difference. A genuine friendship g...
Last Man Standing
A married father of three tries to maintain his manliness in a world that is increasingly dominated by women.
Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution
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Pauly Shore's Vegas is My Oyster
Music, comedy and debauchery are the order of the evening when funny man Pauly Shore hosts this Las Vegas variety show featuring an eclectic blend of adult entertainers, "filthy glam" rock band Semi P...
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Better Off Ted
Ted is a successful but morally conscious man who runs a research and development department at a morally questionable corporation. Veridian doesn't have an invention that's too unusual or an achievem...
Some say laughter is the best medicine. It’s true. Standup comedy has been known to cure everything from bad moods and frowns to fits of pouting. So for those who need a heavy dose of hilarity, try a ...
Maz Jobrani: Brown and Friendly
Comedian Maz Jobrani showcases his brilliant and laugh-out-loud talents in his first solo stand-up comedy special. He tackles topics on politics, race and religion, and hilariously breaks down stereot...
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The Knights of Prosperity
Eugene Gurkin has dreamt of opening his own bar for years, but his dead-end job as a janitor won't even fund a bottle of booze. In a serendipitous moment, he catches an episode of "E! News" and his pa...
The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour
In a time when East and West do not seem to understand each other, top stand-up comics of Middle Eastern descent Ahmed Ahmed, Aron Kader, and Maz Jobrani take it upon themselves to single-handedly bri...
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The personal and professional lives of a group of doctors at a Seattle hospital are chronicled.
Life on a Stick
Life on a Stick is an American sitcom that aired on Fox from March 24 to April 27, 2005. Thirteen episodes of the show were completed, but Fox only showed the first five before pulling the show due to...
The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report is an American satirical late night television program that airs Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central. It stars political humorist Stephen Colbert, a former correspondent for T...
E-Ring is an American television military drama, created by Ken Robinson and David McKenna and executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, that premiered on NBC on September 21, 2005. The title of the sh...
After Silvia Broome, an interpreter at United Nations headquarters, overhears plans of an assassination, an American Secret Service agent is sent to investigate.
13 Going on 30
At her 13th birthday party, Rink was humiliated so much that she wants to hide until she's thirty. She was granted her wish, but it turned out that being thirty isn't as great as she thought it would ...
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Against the rising threat, the Homeland Security Agency has created a highly specialized, elite task force trained and equipped to counter anyone or anything that threatens our nation. The head of thi...
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After 18 years of marriage, high school sweethearts Bill and Judy Miller still make each other laugh and try to keep their marriage intact, even when their family pulls them in different directions. S...
Without a Trace
The FBI's Missing Persons Unit in New York City was the subject of the series.
The President's Man: A Line in the Sand
A counterterrorism specialist is assigned by the President to track down a terrorist who is suspected of planning to set off a nuclear device in the United States.
Friday After Next
Craig and his cousin Day Day have finally moved out of their parents' houses and into their own crib, working nights at a local mall as security guards. When their house is robbed on Christmas Eve the...
An Iranian-born teenager living in suburban New Jersey thinks of herself as simply an American until anti-Iranian sentiment erupts in her community after American hostages are held in Iran.
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24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network and syndicated worldwide, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. The real time method of narration is u...
The Medicine Show
A cynical young man, diagnosed with cancer, meets a brash young leukemia patient in the hospital who more than matches his distaste for IV drips and weepy sentimentality.
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Malcolm in the Middle
A gifted young teen is trying to survive in a family that is not very nice.
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The West Wing
The West Wing provides a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation's capital, as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. The characters that are interest...
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn
Craig Kilborn hosted this zany talk show, which followed David Letterman's show, from 1999 until 2004. Kilborn left The Daily Show in 1999 to be this show's host after Tom Synder retired. The segment ...
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While attending a Hollywood premiere with a famous action star, a crazed fan pulls a gun, but her movie hunk turns into a cowardice, and it's Vallery who becomes the hero. Suddenly, she's thrown into ...
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The inner workings of an urban teaching hospital and the critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of its overburdened emergency room were explored.
Chicago Hope is an American medical drama television series, created by David E. Kelley. It ran on CBS from September 18, 1994, to May 4, 2000. The series is set in a fictional private charity hospita...
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Law & Order
From two different vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court, it follows a murder.
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