MAZ INTERVIEW

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You’ve done a lot of shows with the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour in the past year. How would you describe the success of this tour and this particular period in your life?
It’s been great. I feel like it’s a building process. Some cities know us better than others. In the San Francisco Bay Area we had about 1900 people come out. That was like a rock concert. I think we are crossing over and you will see more and more white people and regular Americans in our audience. This is very important, because these are the people who need to see the good in our community. The Middle Eastern community has been very supportive as well – especially the Iranians. Every show we do has more Iranians present even though 3 of the 4 comics are Arab. Doo doo roo doo doo – IRAN!

Any chance the Axis of Evil Comedy tour will come to Europe?

Yes. We already are looking to book dates in London, Sweden, and Amsterdam. We may also do some dates in Switzerland, France, Finland and Norway. It will all depend on finding the right venue and the right date. People can go to mazjobrani.com and join my mailing list. I send out updates from time to time.

Although lots of our visitors know you from your comedy shows (especially the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour), you also had roles in several movies and television shows. What are your most memorable appearances?
I was very proud to be a part of Sydney Pollack’s “The Interpreter” with Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. It was a real pleasure to meet and work with Penn. He is one of the best actors of our time and he was a really nice guy too. I also enjoyed working on Ice Cube’s “Friday After Next.” That one was just silly fun. My role on Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as the Indian sikh was really fun too. We got to improvise our dialogue on that one which was really cool.

Do you enjoy more performing live on stage with your stand up shows, or acting in Hollywood movies?
I love both. It all depends on the quality of the show. If you’re doing a live show and you’re exhausted and just not that excited about the material then it can be a sucky experience. I would say that happens maybe a handful of times a year. Usually I love being on stage. The same goes for any film or TV work. If I’m on a set and I don’t like the material then it can be bad. However, these days I try my best to weed those roles out so that whenver I’m on set I’m excited to be there.

         

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