Maz Jobrani has a new podcast on the All Things Comedy Network that might actually teach you something. In Back To School with Maz Jobrani, the American-Iranian comedian will sit down with professors, experts, and smart successful people in hopes of learning more about topics he and his co-hosts Tehran and Kaitlin might not know about.
The All Things Comedy Network, founded by Bill Burr and Al Madrigal, has made a name for itself sporting content from Tom Segura, Christina Pazsitzky, Bert Kreischer, and more. The network has worked with Jobrani before hosting his podcast about parenting with Chris Spencer and Madrigal, Minivan Men.
Jobrani is best known for his jokes about being Middle Eastern and examining race relations in America. He’s put out five stand-up specials, including his most recent Netflix special, 2017’s Maz Jobrani: Immigrant. Jobrani also authored the book I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV: Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man.
Maz Jobrani podcast merges comedy and education
Back To School was inspired by Jobrani’s 10-year-old son asking a question that Jobrani did not know the answer to. The first episode features a discussion about The History of God and Spirituality with the American-Iranian author and religious studies professor Reza Aslan.
Upcoming guests and topics include entrepreneurship with sneaker designer Jon Buscemi, the Nuclear Deal with historian Abbas Milani, and education with politician and teacher Jackie Goldberg.
The title Back to School hints at Jobrani’s own experience with higher education. He dropped out of a Ph.D. program in political science at UCLA to follow his dream of being a stand-up comedian. The podcast promises to explore interesting and complex topics while still supplying laughs.
All Things Comedy adds to comedy empire
All Things Comedy continues to grow its empire. Last year, Burr and Madrigal signed a deal with Comedy Central to produce three hour-long specials and a stand-up showcase series hosted by Burr. Meanwhile, several of their podcasts continue to rank in the top 100 comedy podcasts on iTunes.
You can watch a video stream of the first episode here.