Laughter is Universal

Stand-up comedians usually don't make great cultural ambassadors because their job is to offend the sensibilities of everyone in the room for a laugh. Comedian Maz Jobrani, however, can do both with a daft cleverness that's rare in comedy circles. His well honed material doesn't attack cultural and political biases and stereotypes with acid spewing vitriol but he also doesn't hold back when he sees something that needs to be taken down a peg or two whether it's on a comedy club stage, in a theater or as one of the regular panelists on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me." He'll be in town to do a show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the City Performance Hall (2520 Flora St.), thanks to the efforts of the Dallas/Fort Worth World Affairs Council. Grab tickets for $35 at
Thu., May 22, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., May 23, 7:30 p.m., 2014
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Danny Gallagher has been a regular contributor to the Dallas Observer since 2014. He has also written features, essays and stories for MTV, the Chicago Tribune, Maxim, Cracked, Mental_Floss, The Week, CNET and The Onion AV Club.