Maz Jobrani at TED

Maz Jobrani talks at TED about being Iranian-American, travel, casting, comedy, etc.

(Thanks, Yogurtsoda!)

Asie Mohtarez

Asie Mohtarez – Brooklyn-based Perzhian girl comedian with a solid Tumblr and a Bollywood obsession – is awesome and funny. Everything she writes about Persianity is totally right and honest and hilarious. Somebody give this girl a TV development deal already.

Here is her stand-up:

Here is a tour of her Brooklyn apartment:

Here’s the Thing – Episode 9: Asie Mohtarez, comedian from miskamagic on Vimeo.

BBC News – Five Minutes With: Omid Djalili


BBC News – Five Minutes With: Omid Djalili.

Celebrities and news-makers are grilled by Matthew Stadlen in exactly five minutes in a series for the BBC News website.

This week, comedian and actor Omid Djalili talks to Matt about getting nerves on stage, playing with cultural stereotypes, how an exploding goldfish helped his early career – and tells Matt he would have bullied him at school.

(He also talks about his Baha’i faith.)

Nasim Pedrad

Every dorky Iranian girl will relate to this great stand-up bit by comic and actor Nasim Pedrad, who has appeared on ER and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Also check out her fairly accurate mockumentary about the A.I.B. – aggressive Iranian bachelor:


Maz Jobrani in The Knights of Prosperity

This Wednesday marks the debut of The Knights of Prosperity, which includes Iranian-American actor and comedian Maz Jobrani as an Indian cabbie. I’m not sure how I feel about this show or his character and I’ll be honest when I say that I don’t have high hopes for any of it (Donal Logue is the headliner, it really seems more like yet another exercise in tired stereotypes, it’s a cast of mostly men, etc.), but who knows? It might be good, even if it’s not for me. I’ve seen Maz’s stand-up act and I really like him and the way he pokes fun at “Iranianness,” if you will. American television and the humor it favors are on such a low plane, though, that I wonder how much of that will come through on this show. BUT, again, I’ll emphasize that I haven’t seen it and I’m not the target demographic, so any judgment about the show is unfair and unfounded. And Maz is cool, regardless. If anyone catches this show, please feel free to comment here and let us know what you think.