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Berkeley Talks: Comedian Maz Jobrani on noticing the good in his life

In this 2019 interview on the Science of Happiness podcast, Jobrani talks about how writing down three good things every day helped him and his family stay positive

Illustration of comedian Maz Jobrani
(Artwork by Whitney Anderson)

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Illustration of comedian Maz Jobrani

Comedian Maz Jobrani was on an episode of the Science of Happiness, a podcast by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. (Artwork by Whitney Anderson)

In this Berkeley Talks episode, we revisit an interview that we first shared in 2019:

Growing up in an immigrant family, comedian Maz Jobrani knew his parents wanted him to be a lawyer or doctor, maybe an engineer. When he became a comedian, he says, the whole community was sad for the family. “They were like, ‘Did you hear about Jobrani’s son? Yeah, it’s a shame. He’s almost a drug dealer.”

In February 2019, Jobrani was a guest on the Science of Happiness, a podcast from the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. In his episode, called “Notice the Good in Your Life,” Jobrani talks with host Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor and the founder and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center, about his 2017 stand-up special on Netflix, Immigrant.

Listen to the full conversation in Berkeley Talks episode #104: “Comedian Maz Jobrani on noticing the good in his life.”