Review: Maz Jobrani, “Pandemic Warrior,” on Peacock

Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform, has introduced it’s first exclusive stand-up comedy special, and that honor went to Maz Jobrani, with an hour he filmed pre-pandemic in Dubai, then supplemented with quarantine monologues from 2020.

Performing in the Middle East means adapting to a myriad of new cultural and religious restrictions, and Jobrani illustrates it with his past experiences in Kuwait, where censors not only required him to submit a full script of his act beforehand, but also translated it into even less-humorous Arabic, and then forced him to perform under “a melodramatic theatrical license” since the nation had no equivalent for stand-up comedy.

Jobrani also reminds us that his Iranian family moved to America just before hostage crisis of 1979-1981, so his childhood experiences were even more dramatically different than those of his two children, who he’s raising with an Indian Christian wife.

Read my full review in Decider.

Sean L. McCarthy

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