Americans are proud of their roots. St. Patty’s Day. Columbus Day. Oktoberfest. All great excuses to pretend we come from places we’ve never visited. Maz Jobrani is proud of his heritage, too. Of course, that heritage is Iranian. (Or Persian as his father reminds him. “We had an empire once!”) He was born there and raised here, a politically challenging history, to be sure.
Maz knows that being Iranian-American in a post-9/11 world comes with its own set of hurdles to leap. Why do casting directors want him to play terrorists and not doctors? And why do they always want him to strap bombs to himself?
In this very funny clip from last year’s TED, Britain’s version of IdeaFestival held at Oxford, Maz explained something about his stand-up routine and how he hopes, through comedy, to breed understanding.
Oh, and just because, here’s a really hilarious cartoon of one of Maz’s bits.
The Kentucky Center and IdeaFestival present
Saturday, September 24, 8 p.m.
Buy tickets here.
Co-presented with IdeaFestival. Media support provided by WHAS11 and WFPL.