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Iranian comedian Maz Jobrani brings the funny to Fort Lauderdale Improv

Maz
Maz

There’s nothing to fear about Maz Jobrani. The comedian and author of the upcoming memoir I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV (Simon & Schuster) is actually a really funny guy. Born in Iran, Jobrani moved with his family to San Francisco when he was 6. So safe to say, he’s made it in America, with a fat resume full of more than 50 guest star appearances on TV and movies and two Showtime specials.

Catch the star of the soon to be released film Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, at two shows at the Fort Lauderdale Improv Saturday night (7 and 9:45 p.m.).

Phew, no political talk, just a lot of complaining about his two kids.

Can you give us some hints about the set you’ll be doing?

My comedy these days takes on social issues, political issues and my two kids. Anyone who’s got young kids knows that they’re the most exhausting people in the world so they give me plenty to talk about. From the moment they wake up all I do is try to make them tired. I bought a trampoline recently, so if that works then my comedy will go back to just being about social and political issues.

Do you have any funny observations about South Florida?

I love it down here. I’m originally from Iran and live in Los Angeles where there’s a ton of Iranians. South Florida reminds me of Los Angeles except with Cubans and Dominicans. Everyone’s super tan and when they go out they get dressed nicely. Todo bien!

So you’re ready for the October Miami heat?

Hot weather is great. Steamy weather stinks. When I’m sweating through my nice shirt I ironed for the show, that’s when it gets personal!

What about Hollywood stars? Do you ever include them in your act?

Well yes, if you consider me a Hollywood star. I’m one of the hottest C or D list actors in town! Ask my mom. She’ll tell you.

Can you talk about “Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero?”

It just into the Austin Film Festival for its world premiere, and you can check out the trailer at www.jimmyvestvood.com). I play a guy living in Iran who is obsessed with being an American hero because of his love for Steve McQueen films. He finally wins the green card lottery to come to America and wants to be a cop like McQueen, was in Bullitt. Once he gets to L.A, he finds the best job he can get is working as a security guard at a Persian grocery store. He’s got to go on and save the world from there. It’s a silly comedy that portrays one of the first heroes of Middle Eastern descent in an American film.

What do you want readers to know about you?

I’m addicted to chocolate. Please keep your chocolates to yourselves. If you show it to me I’ll eat it!

What’s more fun — acting or standup?

They’re both fun. It’s more about the quality of what you’re doing. Acting can be pretty exhausting given the long hours on set, but if it’s a fun project then you enjoy it. Standup is great because you get to say whatever you want up there. You just hope they laugh. If they don’t laugh then acting is more fun again.

MADELEINE MARR

Tickets: 954-981-5653, http://ftl.improv.com/event.cfm?id=245520

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