22 September 2017Last updated

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My fabulous Friday: Maz Jobrani

A regular favourite on Dubai’s comedy circuit, the LA-based Iranian-American stand-up comedian’s weekends are packed with books, his kids, and shoe-shopping for Pumas when he’s not touring

By Shreeja Ravindranathan
3 Feb 2016 | 02:19 pm
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Morning mayhem

Usually my day starts with me pretending to sleep while my wife Pretha, seven-year-old son Dhara and daughter Mila, four, run around getting ready for school. Eventually my wife yells at me to wake up and help, so I do and then I try to dress Mila as she squirms. I’ve been eating a lot of oatmeal lately because my doctor said my cholesterol is a little high… boy, this has me feeling very old!


You can’t say no...

I think making a great film is really, really hard. That’s why there are a handful of movies that, if they come on, I’ll always watch. Two films I will watch at any time are The Godfather I and The Godfather II. They’re classics, with some amazing acting.


I’m not a big shopper but I did buy a pair of Pumas last year that were so comfortable I went online and ordered two more pairs in different colours. I’ll keep ordering multiple pairs until they discontinue the line.


Music lessons

I love music. My daughter listens to pop, so we’re constantly hearing Bruno Mars, Nick Jonas, Rihanna, etc. I try to educate her on Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, and Queen. I’m a fan of Maroon 5 as well. Whatever it takes to get a break from my daughter’s onslaught of questions and requests while I drive.


Hot cross muffins

I used to play soccer, but my ankles and feet get really sore now, plus my friends play early on Saturday mornings and I hate getting up so early. Instead, I’ve been working out with a trainer, doing intense cross-training three times a week for an hour at a time. It makes me stay away from the muffins. I look at a muffin and it says 450 calories and I think, ‘that’s 50 burpees’. (Of course sometimes I also think, ‘well I worked off the calories so I have room to put a few on!’).

Dubai laughs

I love the fact that Dubai is so international – I inevitably end up talking to someone who doesn’t understand me and who I don’t understand. What’s funny is when you run into hotel staff who don’t speak English, but still say yes to everything. Then they bring you the wrong thing.



I love reading biographies and anything about comedy or acting. I’m reading a book about stand-up written by Bridesmaids director Judd Apatow right now. One of my favourite biographies is Open by Andre Agassi. It’s an amazing story. My favourite fiction book is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. What a book! Maybe I’ll pick it up again.

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

Acting Junior Writer