Maz Jobriani reads his hilarious and moving memoir of growing up Iranian in America and the quest to make it in Hollywood without having to wear a turban, tote a bomb, or get kicked in the face by Chuck Norris.
When he first started out in show business, Maz Jobrani endured suggestions that he spice up his stand-up act by wearing "the outfit", fielded questions about rising gas prices, and got called an F'in Eye-ranian for being involved in the Iran hostage crisis even though he was only eight years old at the time--in fact these things happened so often that he began to wonder: Could I be a terrorist without even knowing it?
Having emigrated with his family to the U.S. during the Iranian Revolution, Maz spent most of his youth desperately trying to fit in with his adopted culture, whether that meant learning to play baseball or religiously watching Dallas with his female relatives. But none of his attempts at assimilation made a difference to casting directors, who auditioned him only for the role of kebab-eating, bomb-toting, extremist psychopath.
In this laugh-out-loud memoir, Maz shares his struggle to build an acting career in post-9/11 Hollywood, from playing a terrorist on 24 to playing a terrorist opposite Chuck Norris to his mother asking, "Vhy you alvays terrorist?!" (Followed by, “Vhy you couldn’t be doctor?!”) But finally, through patience, determination, and only the occasional unequivocal compromising of his principles, he found a path to stardom. And he learned the proper way to die like a bad guy on TV.
©2015 Maz Jobrani (P)2015 Simon and Schuster
Very funny and entertaining! I really enjoyed learning about Maz and getting an inside look on the life of a comedian. It's narrated in his voice too so his personality comes through even more. Recommended!
Easily entertained and amused.
But he's not a narrator either. His points are valid, we should not judge by ethnicity and we should live by the golden rule. But other than that, the book is sort of blah. I expected more laughs from a comedian. I expected more Hollywood inside stories from an actor. What this is really, is an autobiography of an immigrant child raised as an affluent American, mostly preaching against stereotyping, without much passion. Perhaps it is really there but it was lost in the delivery.
Maz is great in reading his memoir --he's very funny
the most interesting is when he talks about his american upbringing with a immigrant flavor--there was nothing not interesting
this is the only time I've heard him read although I've seen his stand up routine (funny)
no, I wanted to listen to it in increments but it was very hard to stop and I ended up practically listening all in one shot
although I loved the book I felt Moz didn't really let us into his personal life--he just scratched the surface
I've heard some of his standup and thought that this would be funny but it wasn't that great. It was his life story that he tried to make sound good, but I didn't laugh too much.
The title should have been "my autobiography ". He talked more about himself and his family which is not full of fun and I just wasted my money on this audiobook. The jokes he mentioned here has been aired before in you tube, nothing new.
Hearing his family story
That it was not funny like he is in his stand up comedy.
Beautifully narrated, insightful, humorous, and touching. I recommend listening to this book to anyone who has an interest in learning more about the middle east through humor.
I greatly enjoyed hearing every part of this book, comical yet profound insights. I love how Maz is able to tale the roles he play in his life as an Iranian, American, comedian, son, father, Husbund, etc. so humorously. Thanks Maz you made me laugh so hard in very difficult times.
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