Actor & Comedian
Maz Jobrani was born in Iran, and relocated to Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay area after his family was forced to flee during the revolution. He went on to receive a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley, and chose to further his education by enrolling in UCLA’s PH.D. program, until he decided to change course to pursue his calling in “showbiz.”
Jobrani starred as the title character in the award-winning indie comedy, JIMMY VESTVOOD: AMERIKAN HERO, a feature which he co-wrote and co-produced and is now available on all major streaming platforms. He’s graced the silver screen in such feature films as Sydney Pollack’s THE INTERPRETER, Disney’s DESCENDANTS and Ice Cube’s FRIDAY AFTER NEXT. Jobrani’s original standup special IMMIGRANT was filmed at the prestigious Kennedy Center and is currently available on NETFLIX. He’s also released 3 additional solo specials on SHOWTIME including: BROWN AND FRIENDLY, I COME IN PEACE, and I’M NOT A TERRORIST, BUT I’VE PLAYED ONE ON TV.
Most recently Jobrani was seen in the feature film, A SIMPLE WEDDING, opposite Rita Wilson, as well as HULU’s TASTE THE NATION, opposite Padma Lakshmi. Other credits include the loveable “Fawz” on the CBS comedy SUPERIOR DONUTS , GREY’S ANATOMY, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, THE DETOUR, LAST MAN STANDING, and SHAMELESS.
Jobrani additionally served as executive producer for EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE, a documentary about his late sister Mariam Jobrani, and her battle with breast cancer which is currently available on iTunes.
No stranger to the comedy circuit, Jobrani was a founding member of THE AXIS OF EVIL comedy tour, which aired on Comedy Central. He is a regular panelist on NPR’s WAIT WAIT DONT TELL ME and has given 2 TED Talks. His LA Times Best Selling Book, I’M NOT A TERRORIST BUT I’VE PLAYED ONE ON TV, was published by Simon & Schuster.
In the Spring of 2016, he performed at the White House where he had the privilege of introducing Former First Lady, Michelle Obama. In 2017, Jobrani was asked to give the keynote speech to the graduating class at UC Berkeley, for which he is an alum.
He currently hots his own podcast Back to School with Maz Jobrani with the All Things Comedy Network. His new special PANDEMIC WARRIOR, (shot partially in Dubai and partially in a closet in his house), will be distributed by Comedy Dynamics, with a release date coming soon.