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People In America

People in America: Maz Jobrani: Building Cultural Bridges, One Laugh at a Time

“Maz” Jobrani is an Iranian-American comedian and actor who loves to make people laugh. His comedy draws on his personal life as well as a comic's role in challenging stereotypes — especially when it comes to Middle Eastern Muslims in America.

About People in America

Artists. Public servants. Immigrants. Philosophers. Innovators. One who stuttered is now a public speaker. Another paints a canvas that breathes and moves. This is the new look of "People in America" -- a VOA Learning English video series that updates our earlier historical biographies.

Our People in America (PIA) tells the stories of living Americans from all corners of the globe. They might surprise you with their thoughts and philosophies. And how they personify democracy, self-sufficiency, expression and community.

With each PIA we offer a fun way to test what you have learned. Try our multiple-choice quiz or interactive graphics. Practice to see how well you understood what you viewed. Follow along with our reading and listening material. Return to the video and watch it again.