52 Interesting Quotes of Maz Jobrani

” Follow your heart. Do what you love. Because I was constantly struggling with that. If it’s in your heart, go for it. Don’t listen to other people. “
” Be kind. It feels good. “
” Stereotypes exist because there’s always some truth to stereotypes. Not always, but often. “
” I am a standup comedian who has performed comedy in the Middle East in front of thousands of Muslims. And believe it or not, they laughed at plenty, especially when we poked fun at local culture. The Lebanese loved it when you would make fun of their driving and how, in Lebanon, a red light is just a suggestion to stop. “
” You know the Middle East is going crazy when Lebanon is the most peaceful place in the region. “
” Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind playing bad guys. I want to play a bad guy. I want to rob a bank. I want to rob a bank in a film. I want to rob a bank in a film but do it with a gun – with a gun, not with a bomb strapped around me. “
” A lot of times in Hollywood, when casting directors find out you’re of Middle Eastern descent, they go, ‘Oh, you’re Iranian? Great. Can you say, ‘I will kill you in the name of Allah?” I could say that, but what if I were to say, ‘Hello, I’m your doctor.’ “
” I would say that while most Muslims take offense at the portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad in cartoons, they would never resort to violence. It is a minority of extremist Muslims who take such actions, and they do it for political and tactical reasons far beyond just being offended. “
” I think comedy is a good way to help people change their minds. I think that if you’re laughing and getting a message across, it’s a lot easier than when somebody is screaming in your face. “
” Here’s my advice to my brown friends: The next time you’re on an airplane in the U.S., just speak your mother tongue. That way, no one knows what you’re saying. Life goes on. “
” Once you start listening to the comics, be they Jewish, Muslim, Italian, Filipino or whatever, the material often springs from the same source – the overbearing mom, the parents who want you to marry from within your community. That’s why the ‘Ethnic Show’ works so well. “
” Racism has always existed, and a big part of it is people just not knowing others. I think humans change other human’s minds, and it’s hard for someone in the middle of America to hate Syrian refugees if they’ve been able to befriend them. “
” I’m not saying that I’m on some crusade to change people’s minds. I’m just doing what I do. I’m a comedian, I’m trying to be funny‚Ķ I think when they see a comedy show with an Iranian and an Egyptian and two Palestinians, I think they go, ‘Oh wow, these guys are just like us.’ “
” A cultural thing that is funny to me is that every time I go out in D.C. after a show, all the nightclubs and restaurants are owned by Iranians and Afghans. It’s funny to me how we lost our countries but we gained the nightlife. “
” You know how hard it’s been to write material? Because to do stand-up comedy, it takes time for the material to develop. So you’ll come up with a joke, you’ll tweak it, you’ll work it for six months, you really fine tune it, and now you’ve got a good bit. Well, with Trump, every day there’s something new coming out. “
” As a Middle Eastern male, I know there’s certain things I’m not supposed to say on an airplane in the U.S., right? I’m not supposed to be walking down the aisle, and be like, ‘Hi, Jack.’ That’s not cool. Even if I’m there with my friend named Jack, I say, ‘Greetings, Jack. Salutations, Jack.’ Never ‘Hi, Jack.’ “
” My parents come from that immigrant culture that places a lot of emphasis on doing well scholastically. Being a comedian or an actor is such an American thing. The Iranian culture is not about dreaming. It’s about taking over your father’s business, falling into line. “
” I have to say that deporting people and calling them ‘bad hombres,’ then kicking families out with visa violations, upsets me. “
” I was in awe of my father. His generosity was beyond anything I ever could imagine. The reason I say he’s like Don Corleone is he was always breaking off hundreds. I’d be like, ‘Hey Dad, I’m going to McDonald’s with my friends,’ and he’d just whip out a hundred: ‘Here, go, have fun.’ “
” Unlike the U.S., Iran has no problems with low-voter turnout in elections; the last time, the government got the support of 110 per cent of the population. “
” I tend not to make fun of religious groups anywhere I play. “
” If you come from a place of love, and you’re not saying, ‘I’m better than you,’ that’s one thing that allows you to talk about different ethnicities. It’s almost like laughing with each other. “
” Definitely in the West, we’re all cast as the same now. Whether you’re Indian, Pakistani, Arab, Iranian, Afghan or whatever, you just get thrown into this category. And nine times out of 10, you’re depicted as bad. “
” You know, funny can be universal. “
” When I told my parents I wanted to be an actor, my mom was, like, ‘I think I heard you say lawyer.’ “
” I want to show another side of Middle Easterners. My hope is that I would be able to play a variety of parts, and not always be the guy with the accent. “
” My mother was very wary at first. And now she’s come around 180 degrees. She’s, like, one of my biggest fans now. Like, she’ll come over to my house, and she’ll be like, ‘OK, listen. I need two T-shirts from the comedy show, and give me three DVDs. The neighbors are asking for them.’ “
” The first acting part I ever got was a guest spot on ‘Chicago Hope’ playing a security guard. I thought, ‘Oh, this is going to be cool.’ But a little bit later, I got a vague part on this short-lived show called ‘Marshall Law’ with Arsenio Hall and Sammo Hung. It was a poor man’s ‘Rush Hour.’ “
” Iranians and Arabs aren’t considered diversity because we still don’t have minority status in America. There was a group of Middle Eastern actors trying to get SAG to recognize us as part of the diversity they should look out for, because we do represent a different point of view. When OscarsSoWhite happened, I felt part of that. “
” Trump is good for comedy but bad for the world. “
” I remember I was in a San Francisco nightclub, and I started talking to some girl, and it was like, ‘Hey, what’s going on, what’s your name?’ You know, ‘Where are you from?’ I go, ‘I’m from Iran.’ And literally, she just looked at me and walked away. “
” The first time I flew after September 11, I honestly was a little paranoid. As I was going to the metal detector, I was looking at my duffel bag, and I’m like, ‘Do I have anything that’s like a weapon?’ I was really paranoid they were gonna find something sharp, and I was gonna get in trouble. “
” The fact is, the Middle East has been going crazy for 50, 60, 70 years. So it’s not like, ‘Oh, I need an ISIS joke.’ “
” One of the jobs of comedy is to expose hypocrisy. When you look at countries like Iran or North Korea that don’t have freedom of speech, we who do should push it as far as we need to. “
” I don’t consider myself an Iranian comedian; I consider myself a comedian who happens to be of Iranian descent. “
” I played Li’l Abner and Batman in school plays; I wanted to be an actor to play all these different characters. “
” My parents come from that immigrant culture that places a lot of emphasis on doing well scholastically. Being a comedian or an actor is such an American thing. The Iranian culture is not about dreaming. It’s about taking over your father’s business, falling into line. “
” The number one thing I’ve heard Trump supporters say – number one thing – ‘I love him because he says what’s on his mind. He just says what’s on his mind.’ He just says what’s on his mind. You go, ‘What are your thoughts on his policies?’ ‘I don’t know about his policies. He just says what’s on his mind.’ “
” I am a political human being. I have – that’s one of my interests. I studied political science in college. I was actually going to get my Ph.D. in poli-sci. And a lot of my material from early on in my career dealt with politics, so I’ve always considered myself as somebody who enjoys political humor. So I’m not going to stop. “
” I remembered, like, when ‘Not When My Daughter’ came out, I’m serious, I think dating for Iranian men became a lot harder. Dude’s name, Shahrokh – became Tony. Mehsud became Mike. “
” I saw the discrimination that was happening towards Middle Easterners, Muslims and other brown people who had nothing to do with 9/11. It suddenly felt like a duty of mine to talk about some of the crazy things that were going on and make fun of how stupid it was. “
” When you’re a stand-up comic, you live and die by what you say on stage. There’s no director or writer or producer who can tell you what to say and not to say. Once in a while, a club owner will ask a comic to work clean, or not say something, but that’s few and far between. “
” I’ve sold shows based on my standup twice to CBS, but they’ve never gone past the script stage. TV is very competitive. “
” I think it’s time that we had a dad of Middle Eastern descent on TV. The time is ripe for the Middle Eastern ‘Cosby Show.’ Or, as I like to call it, ‘The Mazby Show.’ “
” I wish more Americans would travel here. I always encourage my friends: ‘Travel. See the Middle East. There’s so much to see, so many good people.’ And it’s vice versa, and it helps stop problems of misunderstanding and stereotypes from happening. “
” Part of what’s great about America, and Canada as well, is that we can talk about our political leaders in public. “
” Comedy comes from tragedy, and being Iranian in America from 1979 on had been quite tragic. In stand-up comedy, I was able to take the reality and exaggerate it. “
” As the weeks went on, I realized there was an important role comedy would play in healing the tragedies of September 11. Comedy can help people cope, and many people were coming to the clubs to laugh out the stress. “
” The way we censor in America is the dollar. That’s who censors. “
” Anyone who’s gotten their passport in America will tell you, when you get it, it still says what country you were born in. So I remember getting my American passport. I was like, ‘Woo-hoo! I’m going to travel.’ And I opened it up. It said, ‘Born in Iran.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, come on, man!’ “
” The fact is, there’s good people everywhere. That’s what I try and show in my stand-up: good people everywhere. All it takes is one person to mess it up. “
” People think just because I’m from the Middle East, I’m an expert on the Middle East. So, like, I got a friend, like, any time the gas prices go up, he’ll always ask my opinion about it. “