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Stand-up Maz Jobrani on the culture of comedy
Stand-up Maz Jobrani on the culture of comedy

When you grow up as Maz Jobrani did, as one of the few Iranian American kids in the rich Bay Area town of Tiburon, a kid embarrassed when his dad drove him to school in a Rolls-Royce instead of a Volvo like the other parents — comedy might come naturally. His family moved here from Tehran when he was 6. Out of a culture not known for stand-up, he found his calling, as he details in his book, "I'm Not a Terrorist but I've Played One on TV: Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man," a career conflation of the personal and the political. He's playing it for laughs, and against the stereotypes. What does the dismay at Jon Stewart's announced departure say about...