Episode 04: Comedian Maz Jobrani - Follow Your Dreams - FunnyBrownGirl: Comedian, Speaker, Podcaster
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Persian stand-up comedian and actor Maz Jobrani on Creative Breakthrough podcast

Episode 04: Comedian Maz Jobrani – Follow Your Dreams


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Hear how Maz Jobrani went from being a PhD student to an internationally known stand-up comedian. Maz discusses the importance of following your dreams, practicing your craft, and making opportunities for yourself. Maz Jobrani has been seen on CBS’s SUPERIOR DONUTS and is a founding member of THE AXIS OF EVIL COMEDY TOUR.


Maz Jobrani stared in the CBS sitcom SUPERIOR DONUTS, opposite Jermaine Fowler and Judd Hirsh.  You can check out his first original standup special “IMMIGRANT” on Netflix and 3 other solo specials on Showtime.  In 2016 he performed at the White House and is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which aired on Comedy Central.  He’s given two Ted Talks, authored a best-selling book I’M NOT A TERRORIST BUT I’VE PLAYED ONE ON TV, and is the executive producer of EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE, a documentary about his sister’s battle with breast cancer.


Maz has also started in the award-winning comedy, JIMMY VESTVOOD: AMERICAN HERO.  He’s also co-stared in Disney’s The Descendants, Sydney Pollack’s THE INTERPRETER, and Ice Cube’s FRIDAY AFTER NEXT.  He’s also been a guest star on GREY’s ANATOMY, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, TRUE BLOOD, and SHAMELESS.


Key Questions answered by Maz Jobrani:


  • How Maz built a global brand for himself
  • How to ideate thoughts and jokes
  • Best advice Maz has received
  • Maz’s definition of success
  • How has Maz’s religion and ethnicity challenged his career and how has he navigated those obstacles

Maz Jobrani discusses:

  • How to balance multiple creative paths and a family
  • Developing your voice (not the sound of your voice, but your point of view)
  • The value of taking courses focused on your passion
  • Women and Comedy
  • Importance of practicing your craft

Maz Jobrani’s Memorable Quotes:

  • “You live once. Do what you want to do. Don’t listen to your parents.”
  • “Keep doing your thing and…people will catch up to it.”
  • “Create your own opportunities”
  • “If you want to go for it, go for it. If you have a dream, go for it, don’t sit on your ass and wait. It will be too late.”


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1 Comment
  • Ellen Wesley
    Posted at 04:56h, 23 October Reply

    Thank You!
    Gosh this helps! I’m an ER doctor, and I do standup for fun. This is so much wisdom that it may have calories.

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