I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV

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I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV

Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man

By Maz Jobrani; Maziyar Jobrani

Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781476749983, 240pp.

Publication Date: February 17, 2015

Description
A hilarious and moving memoir of growing up Iranian in America, and the quest to make it in Hollywood without having to wear a turban, tote a bomb, or get kicked in the face by Chuck Norris.
When he first started out in show business, Maz Jobrani endured suggestions that he spice up his stand-up act by wearing "the outfit," fielded questions about rising gas prices, and got called an F'in Eye-ranian for being involved in the Iran hostage crisis even though he was only eight years old at the time"--"in fact, these things happened so often that he began to wonder: "Could I be a terrorist without even knowing it?"
Having emigrated with his family to the US during the Iranian Revolution, Maz spent most of his youth desperately trying to fit in with his adopted culture--whether that meant learning to play baseball or religiously watching "Dallas" with his female relatives. But none of his attempts at assimilation made a difference to casting directors, who only auditioned him for the role of kebab-eating, bomb-toting, extremist psychopath.
In this laugh-out-loud memoir, Maz shares his struggle to build an acting career in post-9/11 Hollywood--from playing a terrorist on "24" to playing a terrorist opposite Chuck Norris to his mother asking, "Vhy you alvays terrorist? " (Followed by, "Vhy you couldn't be doctor? ") But finally, through patience, determination, and only the occasional unequivocal compromising of his principles, he found a path to stardom. And he also learned the proper way to die like a bad guy on TV.


About the Author
Maz Jobrani is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. He performs stand-up comedy around the world, including in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East where he performed in front of the King of Jordan. Maz starred in the films "Friday After Next", "13 Going on 30", and "The Interpreter". He was a series regular on ABC s "Better Off Ted", and he has guest starred on "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "24", "True Blood", and "Shameless", to name a few. Jobrani is currently a regular panelist on NPR s Wait Wait Don t Tell Me. He has also given two TED talks, which can be viewed at TED.com. He has performed his stand-up on "The Tonight Show", Comedy Central, and Showtime and is starring in the indie comedy feature, "Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero", which he cowrote and produced. "I m Not a Terrorist, But I ve Played One on TV" is his first book.



NPR
Thursday, Feb 19, 2015

The Iranian-American comic came to the U.S. when he was 6 years old, just before Iran's 1979 revolution. His new memoir is I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV. More at NPR.org

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