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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 U.S. 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 auditioned him only 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 learned the proper way to die like a bad guy on TV.
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By Shirin on 02-18-15
Very funny and entertaining! I really enjoyed learning about Maz and getting an inside look on the life of a comedian. It's narrated in his voice too so his personality comes through even more. Recommended!
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By antoinette panico on 03-14-15
listen instead of read
What did you love best about I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV?
Maz is great in reading his memoir --he's very funny
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
the most interesting is when he talks about his american upbringing with a immigrant flavor--there was nothing not interesting
Have you listened to any of Maz Jobrani’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
this is the only time I've heard him read although I've seen his stand up routine (funny)
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
no, I wanted to listen to it in increments but it was very hard to stop and I ended up practically listening all in one shot
Any additional comments?
although I loved the book I felt Moz didn't really let us into his personal life--he just scratched the surface
2 of 2 people found this review helpful