January 11, 2010 / 4:42 AM / 9 years ago

Iranian comic to star in ABC family sitcom

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Iranian-born comic Maz Jobrani will star in the ABC family sitcom pilot “Funny in Farsi.”

Comedian Maz Jobrani of "The Axis of Evil" comedy tour performs during their end of tour show as part of the Dubai International Film Festival December 14, 2007. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh

Another Iranian native, Marjan Nehsat, will co-star in the project based on the memoir by Iranian-born author Firoozeh Dumas about growing up in Newport Beach, Calif., during the 1970s.

Jobrani will play the dad, Mohammed Sayed Kazem Jazeyeri (a.k.a. Kaz), an engineer for an oil company who emigrated with his family from Iran to Newport Beach.

Neshat will play the mother Nazireh (a.k.a. Nancy), who finds it hard to assimilate in her new environment. Armenian-American Hrach Titizian will play Uncle Mansoor, Kaz’s jovial younger brother.

Jobrani is a familiar face on ABC. He co-starred on ABC’s “Knights of Prosperity” and has a recurring role on the network’s sophomore comedy “Better Off Ted.” A TV special based on his stand-up tour, “Maz Jobrani: Brown & Friendly,” airs on Showtime.

Titizian has a recurring role on the upcoming season of Fox’s “24” as Nabeel, the second-in-command to President Hassan (Anil Kapoor).

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