Politics still pack a punch(line) for Iranian-American comic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — For Iranian-American Maz Jobrani, a stand-up show in Dubai marked the first time he’s been in front of a major live audience overseas since the start of the coronavirus pandemic — and he feels it.

“Doing stand-up comedy is kind of like going to the gym — you have to get up on stage five, 10 times a week,” said Jobrani, sitting in a Dubai hotel overlooking Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. “You have to keep going or the muscles are going to be rusty.”

Jobrani had a calm demeanor during a recent interview with The Associated Press. It was a far cry from the exaggerated expressions and . . .

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