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Maz Jobrani: Make Fun of What You Know

1 Dec, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

Russians, Pakistanis, Indians, the Jewish-Palestinian conflict and family issues. Maz Jobrani: I Come in Peace is a stand-up special that’s all over the world and still very close to home.

“I think in stand-up you talk about what you know, and you’ll see I talk a lot about my heritage and other people’s backgrounds,” said Jobrani, who’s appeared in Friday After Next, The Interpreter and 13 Going on 30, as well as “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “24” and “ER.”

The comedian — who’s a founding member of Comedy Central’s Axis of Evil Comedy Tour — traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, for his third stand-up special, I Come in Peace, out now on DVD and digital from Inception Media Group.

“I went out to Sweden and filmed it,” Jobrani said. “It’s interesting because the world today, especially with the Internet, is much smaller than it ever was. If you had asked me over a year ago where I’d be performing [today] I would have said Canada, England, Australia.”

I Come in Peace — which first aired on Showtime earlier this year — is Jobrani’s second solo stand-up disc release, with the release of Brown and Friendly in 2010.

“The crowd we had was very international, and I travel a lot, so I have jokes about a lot of different people, and it’s always in a fun way,” Jobrani said, adding that being a new father is also a goldmine for comedy. “You talk about what’s on your mind, and for me what’s on my mind is family, media, the depiction of Middle Easterners, and the special has all of that.”

Jobrani was especially pleased that his work is out on both disc and digital.

“Everyone knows that in this day and age, with the way the DVD business is — and Blockbuster just closed — you can still find things online, and get it out that way,” he said. “I think it’s great that it was out on digital the same day [as disc]. If I can click it and watch it, or see it on Netflix, I’m all for it.”

He also had praise for Inception and the treatment the company has given his work.

“Inception is great in that I worked with some of those folks on the Axis of Evil, and when this came around, my managers said Inception was interested,” he said. “They’ve been very supportive.”

The disc release also includes the “My Two Worlds” featurette.

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