Maz Jobrani at TED

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

(Thanks, Yogurtsoda!)

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.