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Comedian Maz Jobrani to shoot first outdoor special in Dubai

The stand-up star who released a Netflix special in 2017 is in talks to feature the Dubai show on a major streaming service or television network

Comedian Maz Jobrani to shoot first outdoor special in Dubai
Iranian American stand-up comedian Maz Jobrani is coming to Dubai on December 13

Iranian American stand-up comedian Maz Jobrani will shoot his next special in Dubai on December 13 as part of The Peaceful Warrior Tour, and is in talks to feature the show on a major streaming service or television network.

The comedian boasts specials on Netflix and Showtime, and is known for his roles in Comedy Central tour The Axis of Evil, as well as appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Better off Ted and Superior Donuts.

Tickets for his first show in partnership with Dubai Tourism at the Gate Avenue in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) are sold out but a second show has been announced in line with high demand, with tickets available from Sunday next, December 8, at Maz Jobrani's website. Prices range from AED195 to AED345.

The Dubai show will be Jobrani’s first outdoor special and will use drones to film the segment.

Speaking to Arabian Business, the comedian said he has “an affinity for Dubai” since he The Axis of Evil was shot in the city in 2007.

“Ever since then I’ve come back with several other solo tours including Brown and Friendly and I Come in Peace. I did a few tours and hadn’t been there [Dubai] in a few years so I said let’s just go for it.

“It’s the first time I’m doing an outdoor taping. Not many comedians do outdoor specials so it’ll be interesting. We’re really talking about trying to use the beauty of the background and use a drone to get some cool shots,” he said.

‘Stand-up comedy works in Dubai’

But Jobrani is also looking to raise global awareness around a growing comedy scene in the Middle East, and hopes the Dubai special will be aired on a major carried to showcase “a positive face for people from this part of the world”.

He added: “I did a Ted Talk in Doha and it’s one of my most viewed YouTube videos, it’s got around 12 million views. What I like about it is when it [films] the audience and shows this diverse Middle Eastern crowd, and if we can get one of the major carriers then it’s showing that stand-up comedy works in Dubai.

“We know that and a lot of comedians have been coming and seeing it, but a lot of people in other parts of the world, especially in the middle of America, don’t know that we can actually tell jokes and laugh. It will show a positive face for people from this part of the world.”

Jobrani’s Netflix special “Immigrant” which was shot at the Kennedy focuses on immigrant life in the Trump era as well as being a modern-day dad.

He has previously performed at the White House in Spring 2016 where he introduced Michelle Obama, and has also served as the host for the 45th International Emmy’s in New York.

He currently hosts his own podcast Back to School with Maz Jobrani with the All Things Comedy Network.

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