A sampling of Maz Jobrani’s stand-up, sprinkled with the work of his Axis of Evil Comedy Tour collaborators

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Comedian Maz Jobrani has some advice for anyone who happens to be Middle Eastern and getting on a plane in the United States.

“As a Middle Eastern male, I know there’s certain things I’m not supposed to say on an airplane in the U.S. I can’t walk down the aisle and be like, ‘Hi, Jack.’ Even if I’m there with my friend Jack, I say, ‘Greetings Jack,’” jokes Jobrani in today’s talk, filmed at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar. “The key, my Arab brothers and sisters, is that you throw in good words as you’re walking down the aisle.”

Jobrani’s suggestions: ‘strawberry,’ ‘rainbow’ or ‘tutti frutti.’

Jobrani, an Iranian-American who was a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, is known for poking fun at the strained relations between the West and the Middle East.

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