Maz Jobrani, Author Of 'I'm Not A Terrorist, But I've Played One On TV'

February 19, 2015 10:53 PM

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Maz Jobrani, Author Of 'I'm Not A Terrorist, But I've Played One On TV'

After Sept. 11, President George Bush made a speech about America's enemies — Iran, Iraq and North Korea — in which he referred to them as the "Axis of Evil." At first, that name worried Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani. But then he decided to do what he always does: laugh about it. He and some friends even started the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which featured comedians of Middle-Eastern descent.

In I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV: Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man, Jobrani shares his story of growing up Iranian in America. He tells NPR's Kelly McEvers about how his family came to U.S. and taking his Axis of Evil Comedy Tour to the Middle East.

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