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    Maz Jobrani
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    Maz Jobrani
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    Maz Jobrani

The Almost Lawyer – Maz Jobrani, using his wit to tickle people’s funny bone instead

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His parents hoped he would be a lawyer, and Maz Jobrani almost became one. However, the comedian in him was too strong to ignore and he chose to make audiences laugh instead. He is a familiar face beyond comedy as well, given his numerous roles in TV shows and movies, but comedy is his one true love.

Maz is one of the lucky few who could turn their childhood dream into reality. He says, “When I was 10 years old I became a big fan of Eddie Murphy’s. I wanted to be a comedian and an actor like him.” While his parents today support his career choice, it wasn’t always the case. Nevertheless, all’s well that ends well.

Once I decided to pursue this 100% it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I had gone back and forth with my parents and myself in deciding to become a stand-up comedian and the day I decided to go for it I felt free.”

A seasoned comedian today, Maz recollects his first stand-up comedy experience, “There was a stand-up comedy competition, and I prepared a 5 minute skit where I used different accents and hats to play different characters. Thinking about it now makes me cringe. Thankfully the competition was cancelled before I could get up in front of a thousand people and make a fool of myself.”

All the hardships and difficulties faced have been overcome with a smile on his face because of his love for comedy. For Maz the biggest struggle was deciding to pursue stand-up in the first place. “Once I decided to pursue this 100% it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I had gone back and forth with my parents and myself in deciding to become a stand-up comedian and the day I decided to go for it I felt free.” Several bad nights, tough crowds, unfair gigs later, Maz is still standing strong, with no regrets, having enjoyed every step of the journey. He says, “Since I was doing what I loved, I never had the thought of quitting.” This spirit and passion is what got him through the intense competition of his field, to be where he is today.

I prepared a 5 minute skit where I used different accents and hats to play different characters. Thinking about it now makes me cringe. Thankfully the competition was cancelled before I could get up in front of a thousand people and make a fool of myself.”

Maz’s hero who inspired him to get into comedy was Eddie Murphy. But, as he evolved as a comedian he was drawn to Richard Pryor. Describing how he prepares for his acts, he says, “I let ideas come to me and then I work them out on stage. I record my sets and listen back. I still get up about 5-8 times a week so I usually have time to work out new material on stage.”

Tours, movies, Netflix specials, YouTube skits; with so much on his plate and more to come, Maz is keeping audiences entertained and himself busy. As he says, “I think the key is to just keep creating content!”

Maz has lived his advice and succeeded. It would do aspiring comedians good to pay heed. “Get on stage as much as you can and write as much as you can. It is to be treated like a job and if you’re serious about it then you have to be on stage at least 5-10 times a week.”

The world would have missed out on Maz Jobrani had he not pursued his dream. Life is hard no matter what you do, you might as well live it doing what you love.

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