Knights of Prosperity
Iranian-American actor and standup comedian Maz Jobrani is probably best recalled by television audiences as Gourishankar 'Gary' Subramaniam in the ABC sitcom “Knights of Prosperity” (2007) and as Mr. Hut in the Fox sitcom “Life on a Stick” (2005). He has also appeared as a guest star in a number of popular series, including “Malcolm in the Middle,” “ER,” “Still Standing,” “Law & Order” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” On the wide screen, the former political science scholar is known for playing Moly in Ice Cube's “Friday after Next” (2002). Additional film credits include Kevin Costner's “Dragonfly“ (2002), “Maryam” (2002), “13 Going on 30” (2004), Sydney Pollack's “The Interpreter “ (2005), “Moonpie” (2006) and “Overnight.”
Jobrani, who credits Eddie Murphy as one of his inspirations, has done standup comedy in shows like “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Colbert Report.” He has also performed regularly at top comedy clubs in Los Angeles and New York and is a member of the Axis of Evil comedy group.
Childhood and Family:
Maziar Jobrani was born on February 26, 1972, in Tehran, Iran. He was raised in Marin County, California, after his parents left Iran. Involved in theater productions since kindergarten, Maz studied theater throughout high school, but chose to major in political science at UC Berkeley, from which he earned a B.A. degree. After graduation, he pursued the Ph.D. program at UCLA. However, after visiting the university's renowned theater program, he was lured back to acting and left school to chase his childhood ambition.
Maz is married to an Indian-American woman and he and his family live in California.
The Axis of Evil
Jobrani made his television acting debut in a 1999 episode of “Chicago Hope” called “White Rabbit,” in which he appeared as a security guard. It was followed with similar gigs in “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Martial Law” (both 2000), “V.I.P.” (2001), “ER,” “NYPD Blue,” “Without a Trace,” “Cedric the Entertainer Presents,” “The Agency,” “24” (all 2002), “Still Standing” (2003), “The West Wing,” “Law & Order” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (all 2004). His first TV movie role was Camille Alick in 2001's “The Areola.” He then portrayed Ali Faisal in the terrorism themed “The President's Man: A Line in the Sand” (2002), opposite Chuck Norris and Judson Mills. In a 2001, he also appeared in an independent drama about cancer called “The Medicine Show,” which starred Jonathan Silverman and Natasha Gregson Wagne. It was followed by appearances in the Kevin Costner vehicle “Dragonfly” (2002), “Maryam” (2002, as Reza) and the award winning indie comedy “Bug” (2002, starred John Carroll Lynch and Brian Cox). Jobrani's breakout screen role arrived when director Marcus Raboy hired him to portray Moly in the comedy sequel “Friday after Next” (2002), which was written by and starred Ice Cube. Subsequent film projects include Adrian Carr's “Mind Games/Something Borrowed” (2003), the award winning short “Something for Nothing” (2004), Gary Winick's “13 Going on 30” (2004) and the Sydney Pollack directed thriller “The Interpreter “ (2005, starred Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn).
In 2005, Jobrani made his debut as a reoccurring character in the Fox sitcom “Life on a Stick,” which also starred Zachary Knighton, Charlie Finn, Rachelle Lefevre, Saige Thompson, Amy Yasbeck and Matthew Glave. In addition, he was seen playing Mohammed Safid in a 2005 episode of “E-Ring.” The next year, he portrayed Eduardo in “Moonpie,” a romantic comedy starring Michael McDonald and Stephnie Weir, and worked with director/writer Katja Esson in “Season of Madness.”
Jobrani revisited series TV as a regular in the ABC sitcom “Knights of Prosperity” (2007), which lasted 13 episodes. Other acting jobs include appearing in the short “The P.A.,” the television movie “Mixed Nutz” and another short titled “In the Dark” (2008). In 2009, he portrayed Mr. Abir in several episodes of “Rita Rocks” and Dr. Bhamba in “Better off Ted.” In addition to a few television appearances, more recent and upcoming credits include acting in the movies “Overnight” and “David.”
As a standup comedian, Jobrani has performed in various TV shows, including “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Colbert Report,” “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “The Chelsea Handler Show,” to name a few appearances. He is also a regular performer at such renowned comedy clubs as The Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles and New York's The Comedy Cellar. In addition, he is a member of The Axis of Evil.