Maz Jobrani

Maz Jobrani, a stand-up comedian of Middle Eastern descent, often discusses during his show the angst that goes along with his heritage, but not in that whiny, Reza Aslan, FOX News-y kind of way. ''Being Iranian American presents its own set of problems,'' Jobrani explained during a TED talk. ''I was born in Iran, but now I'm an American citizen, which means I have an American passport, which means I can travel,'' he continues. ''If you only have an Iranian passport, you're kind of limited in the countries you can go to with open arms — like Syria, North Korea, Venezuela. I remember getting my American passport and thinking, 'Woo-hoo! I'm going to travel!' Then I opened it up and it said, 'Born in Iran,' and I'm like, 'C'mon, man! I'm trying to go places!''' Regardless of what his passport says, Jobrani, the founder of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, has indeed gone places: Previous Axis of Evil tours took him and other comedians of Middle Eastern heritage beyond the U.S to sold-out shows in Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, Kuwait and Amman.

8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 713-333-8800 or visit improvhouston.com. $25 to $40.
Fri., Sept. 27, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 28, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., 2013

 
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