Comedian Maz Jobrani was born on February 26, 1972 in Tehran, Iran and grew up in the San Francisco bay area when his parents moved to California. He attended Redwood High School in Larkspur, not taking the conventional route to performing comedy. He actually studied political science and Italian at UC Berkeley, and was even enrolled in a Ph.D. program at UCLA before he decided to pursue his dream of acting.
In 1999, Maz Jobrani began his career with a small appearance on Chicago Hope. However, he has made a name for himself by appearing on a number of other shows. These include The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Talkshow with Spike Feresten. He is also a regular performer at top comedy clubs around California and New York, such as The Comedy Store.
Jobrani has also appeared as a guest star on several other television productions. He has been seen on Martial Law and Malcolm in the Middle, as well as on The Areola and The Medicine Show. In 2001, he played Agent Smith in V.I.P., and later got a role on ER. The next year, he got a part in the NYPD Blue episode “Less is Morte” and was cast as Imam on the Without a Trace episode “In Extremis.” After a role in Friday After Next, he was featured on Cedric the Entertainer Presents as well as starred on The Agency. Later on, he played Marko in 24, Mr. Conway on Still Standing, and Yousef on Threat Matrix. In 2004, he was cast as Prince Bitar on The West Wing, and continued his career landing roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Life with Bonnie. That year, he got to work with Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo on the comedy film 13 Going on 30. Jobrani later obtained a part in Law & Order, before he was seen on 11 episodes of Life on a Stick. In 2007, he became known for his role as Gourishankar 'Gary' Subramaniam on the ABC sitcom The Knights of Prosperity. Since then, he has appeared on In the Dark, A Season of Madness, and Moonpie. He has also signed on for roles in Overnight and Better of Ted.