November 28, 2006
Jamie Masada, the Iranian-born owner and CEO of the Laugh Factory, addresses the media at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood, Calif., Monday, Nov. 20, 2006. Masada was commenting on racist comments made by comedian Michael Richards during a performance Friday night, Nov. 17, 2006.
Self-Made Funny Man
BusinessWeek: In 1977, at just 14 years old, Jamie Masada found himself alone in Hollywood. A native of Iran, he didn't know anybody and spoke only Farsi. The American producer who had promised to look after him and give him a shot at success had abandoned him. With the $850 his parents had given him long gone, Masada was taken in by a compassionate apartment manager who let him sleep on a couch >>> Full text
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