In an interview with CBS, Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani shares what it’s like to play the role of a Trump-supporting immigrant on the CBS show “Superior Donuts.”
The sitcom, which is about a doughnut shop in a gentrifying Chicago neighborhood, has Jobrani play the character of Fawz, an Iraqi immigrant who looks up to Mr. Trump.
“Fawz is an Iraqi-American businessman,” Jobrani told CBS. “He’s a successful businessman. He came from Iraq as an immigrant and he believes in the American dream. He’s a capitalist. He loves Donald Trump. He’s the opposite of who I am as a person; he’s a fun character to play.”
While Jobrani is no fan of Trump, he’s found it refreshing to play Fawz.
As evidenced by social media’s response to the Iran protests, the Iranian diaspora consists of varied opinions, including the voices of many Trump supporters. As a result, Jobrani said he has caught flak from Iranian Americans about his stand-up jokes ridiculing Trump.
“There are some immigrants — Middle-Eastern immigrants, some Iranians who support Trump — and they have come up to me afterward and tried to criticize me about it,” he said. “‘Why are you making fun of our leader?’ and all this stuff. And I just tell them, ‘Listen. I’m my own comedian. If you don’t like it, go do stand-up or start a blog.'”
Full interview below:
You can watch “Superior Donuts” on CBS, Monday’s at 9/8 PM Central time.
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