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  • Title: I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One On TV: Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man
  • Author: Maz Jobrani
  • ISBN: 9781476749983
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 gotA 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.
    I m Not a Terrorist But I ve Played One On TV Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man 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 fi

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    1. i can get depressed thinking about the lack of positive, relatable representation of muslims middle easterners in western media and literature, so coming across a successful, spunky iranian american stand up comedian like maz jobrani has been an important moment for me maz discusses his frustrations with stereotypes of muslims and middle easterners, the constant conflations of arabs and iranians as a monolithic group in the face of our cultural and historical differences, even the challenges he [...]

    2. Once it s published, I plan to buy several hardcopies to give to friends This was such a great memoir to read a perfect combination of hilarity and sincerity I wasn t too aware of who Maz Jobrani actually was apart from a few vague memories and I m so glad I was able to read his memoir and his struggles both in the comedy world and as a Middle Eastern Funny Man growing up Iranian American I laughed out loud reading this book which is rare to happen and it made me think of how others were are per [...]

    3. It s not bad It s not great It is entertaining If you enjoy reading memoirs written by comedians, it s worth checking out I m Not a Terrorist ter reading some of the funnier entries I will say that it s the best memoir I ve read by an Iranian American insert comment here about my reading habits since I can actually say this with authority Maz Jobrani is a funny guy The book has some funny moments It didn t always connect, but it s enjoyable than not Recommended.

    4. I loved this book I have never watched any of Mr Jobrani s stand up, but I am making it a priority to do so after reading his story There was a lot of humor as he told his story of being an Iranian American doing stand up, but also a lot of heart He tells stories about his trips to the Middle East which show a much different side than what Americans are normally told about it All in all a funny, entertaining and fast read.

    5. Some amusing parts, but some sort of meh ones as well, and some material that seems recycled Jobrani s stories of traveling and performing throughout the Middle East are quite interesting, but overall the book doesn t seem to be one thing or another partially humor, partially memoir, but they don t quite fit together.

    6. As an Iranian American, I could relate to this book on so many levels I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Maz s life and appreciated the culture shock that happens when an Iranian American moves to Southern California after having grown up around next to none Very well written and hilarious too Good job Maz

    7. I have come to the conclusion that memoirs by comedians tend to just be mediocre This was semi entertaining, but as I just gave a really amazing book Of Human Bondage four stars, I can t in good conscience give this the same rating This is a 3.5 book.

    8. Full Disclosure On the day the book was published the author came to my school to promote it and I got to meet him as well And while my copy is autographed I have tried to review this as objectively as possible Like other countries, America has trouble with racial and ethnic stereotypes to say the least But one of the great ways we have to overcome those stereotypes is comedy In this short memoir, Iranian American Maz Jobrani tells about his life growing up in America as an immigrant at the same [...]

    9. Loved this book, highly recommend to others I was reading it right as Mein Fuhrer Trump signed the muslim ban, so it was very timely At first, Maz s book was about how he grew up, how he felt different, and I was a little bored, because it seemed to be the same old story about a kid growing up different But Maz s goal in his comedy, and I think in this book, is to show the world that GUESS WHAT Middle Easterners are people JUST LIKE YOU He broke stereotypes, is candid and funny about sharing whe [...]

    10. I love Moz s stand up and appearances on TV shows like Better Off Ted RIP , but reading his biography gave me a deeper appreciation for his work Though I have seen the Axis of Evil comedy tour, his story of its obstacles and success was a really interesting look behind the scenes This book is than a documentary of his comedy tour, however, and I was really impressed with his backstory For example he worked on a PhD program in political science He is well articulated and intelligent in the telli [...]

    11. There was this Russian comedian named Yakov Smirnoff who had a catchphrase What a country No one was as non funny as this guy was non funny Many comedians have written into their contracts that if they say What a country they are to be shot in the throat.So early on in this book when he says the dreaded phrase, I m thinking this is another guy who interviewed well on NPR but he can t write But comedy is a funny thing intended Comedy is all about the rhythm of a joke, and the longer I read, I act [...]

    12. An amusing memoir from Maz Jobrani Read this if you want to know what it s like to be an Iranian in America and a successful, stand up comic Also, his detailed descriptions of other countries makes the reader want to travel to all sorts of exotic locales This book made me want to visit Petra Some day, perhaps.If you enjoyed I m Not a Terrorist, But I ve Played One on TV, you may want to read Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories by Mike Birbiglia or Shrinkage Manhood, Marriage, and [...]

    13. Maz Jobrani has long been one of my favorite panelists on Wait, Wait, Don t Tell Me so after the four thousandth time of hearing he had a book out, I decided to pick it up This was not a decision I regret This book is perfectly formatted into short anecdotes, no than three to five pages a piece, which is ideally suited to his style I laughed, I felt embarrassed on his behalf, and I laughed some I would highly recommend this memoir even if you are unfamiliar with the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour an [...]

    14. I fell in love with Maz Jobrani the very first time I heard the Axis of Evil comedy tour Since then, I ve watched him on youtube, caught him on tv, and even made it to a live show here in Jax So a lot of the material he covers in the book is information I already knew But it was still a pleasure to read this book and wallow in his strange and silly sense of humor.

    15. The book has some American references which I couldnt get connected to, otherwise I enjoyed it a lot I appreciate what Maz is going through to be able to make people laugh and enjoy their time

    16. I love Maz and his style as a comedian Enjoy reading the book and laughPut a smile on your face before sleep

    17. This was pretty amusing, I even kinda chuckled a few times, but had to minus stars for some crassless gender stereotyping and slursrry, man, I can t hang with that.

    18. As part of my long series of reading books written by comics and comedians I like Maz Jobrani on Wait, Wait, Don t Tell Me but I didn t know much about him other than that While he talks a bit about moving from Iran as a child but growing up in the US much of the book is about his Axis of Evil tour with his friends, especially traveling to performing in cities in the Middle East I found the book amiable company but I don t feel as though I learned a lot ab0ut Jobrani s life how did he meet his w [...]

    19. In the United States I didn t feel American enough and in Iran I didn t feel Iranian enough This book is around 3.5 stars for me.While listening to Maz Jobrani read the audiobook was a bit like listening to his stand up, I forget that comedians often don t write their books the way they write their sets This book is much autobiographical than Jobrani s typical work but also digs into some of his humorous thoughts and situations.This is an interesting read to hear about Jobrani s experiences pre [...]

    20. Although this is not a classic, I enjoyed hearing about Jobrani s challenges simply because he was an Iranian Muslim It is too bad how many people lump others together for a level of ignorant prejudice that will do nothing but destroy the planet Adding insult to injury, Jobrani came to the U.S at the age of seven, at a time when Iran was an ally What do you do with your life when you find yourself going from favored status to terrorist in the blink of an eye Too many people have experienced this [...]

    21. Enjoyable light reading Have you ever wondered how a live comedy show changes when the King of Jordan announces that he will be a guest If you were raised in Tiburon, CA why might you pretend to be Italian during the Iranian hostage crisis Maz Jobrani answers uncomfortable questions in a breezy way how he s traveled the world as a man of Middle Eastern ancestry and how he fields challenges to his allegiance as an American.

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