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About Maz Jobrani

Maz Jobrani is best known as a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which featured some of the top Middle Eastern-American comics in the world. The Axis of Evil Comedy Central special (available on DVD) premiered in 2007 as the first show on American TV with an all Middle Eastern/American cast. The tour started in the U.S. and later went to the Middle East, selling out 27 shows in Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, Kuwait and Amman (where they performed in front of the King and Queen of Jordan). Maz followed up his Axis of Evil Tour with his own solo tour titled "Maz Jobrani; Brown and Friendly," which again is taking him all over the world including the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. The "Brown and Friendly" comedy special premiered on Showtime and is now out on DVD. Maz's second solo tour has been titled "Browner and Friendlier."

In movies Maz starred in the role of Moly in Ice Cube's "Friday After Next." He also played Secret Service Agent "Mo" in the Sydney... Read More »

Maz Jobrani is best known as a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which featured some of the top Middle Eastern-American comics in the world. The Axis of Evil Comedy Central special (available on DVD) premiered in 2007 as the first show on American TV with an all Middle Eastern/American cast. The tour started in the U.S. and later went to the Middle East, selling out 27 shows in Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, Kuwait and Amman (where they performed in front of the King and Queen of Jordan). Maz followed up his Axis of Evil Tour with his own solo tour titled "Maz Jobrani; Brown and Friendly," which again is taking him all over the world including the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. The "Brown and Friendly" comedy special premiered on Showtime and is now out on DVD. Maz's second solo tour has been titled "Browner and Friendlier."

In movies Maz starred in the role of Moly in Ice Cube's "Friday After Next." He also played Secret Service Agent "Mo" in the Sydney Pollack thriller "The Interpreter," opposite Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman as well as Jennifer Garner's colleague, Glenn, in "13 Going on 30." In television he recently appeared in the CBS/Warner Bros pilot, "Vince Uncensored," opposite Michael Chiklis with Kelsey Grammer directing and guest starred on FOX's "Traffic Light" and NBC's "Perfect Couples." He shot a pilot directed by Barry Sonnenfeld for ABC titled "Funny in Farsi" and was recurring on ABC's "Better off Ted." He has been a regular on ABC's "Knights of Prosperity" as well as FOX's "Life on a Stick." He has also guest starred on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The West Wing," "24," "NYPD Blue," "ER" and much more.

In addition, Maz sold a TV show to CBS based on his life as an Iranian-American in the United States. The show was best described as a Middle Eastern "Everybody Loves Raymond." He is also preparing to shoot a film titled "Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero" -- a cross between a Middle Eastern "Pink Panther" and "Bend it Like Beckham."

Maz has done stand-up on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Lopez Tonight," "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn," Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and England's Paramount 2 Network. He is also a recurring panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," and has his own podcast with two other comedians called "Minivan Men." His sketch comedy performances at the ACME Theater in Los Angeles were hailed as "devilishly funny" and "extraordinary" by LA Weekly.

Maz was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he caught the acting bug after portraying the lead in his eighth grade production of "Li'l Abner." He studied theater throughout high school and then went on to earn a BA in Political Science and Italian at UC Berkeley. In the fall of 1994, while beginning a PhD program in Political Science at UCLA, he visited the university's prestigious theater program ? and was immediately hooked back on acting. This led to him dropping out of the PhD program to pursue his childhood passion.