Max Amini

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Max (Ali) Amini
Max Amini Persian American Stand Up Comedian 2015.jpg
Max Amini, Iranian American Stand Up Comedian in Amsterdam, 2015
Born (1981-09-20) September 20, 1981 (age 37)
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film
NationalityAmerican, Iranian
Years active2002–present
GenresObservational comedy, Satire
Subject(s)Observational humor, Physical Comedy, Relationships, Family
WebsiteMax Amini

Max Amini (Persian: مکس امینی‎, Persian pronunciation: [mæks æmiːniː] born in Tucson, Arizona) is an Iranian American comedian.[1] He is bilingual in English and Persian.[2][3] Max Amini was born in Tucson Arizona, to Iranian parents who immigrated to Arizona. He was raised on the East Coast where he went to a high school in Washington, D.C. and then moved to California and graduated from UCLA's school of Theater, Film and Television in 2004. As an actor, Max has numerous film and television credits including NBC's Heroes, regular appearances on Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia, and a leading role in the film How Beer Pong Saved my Life.

Early life and education[edit]

Amini's father is an ethnic Persian from Isfahan and his mother is an Iranian Azerbaijani from Tabriz.[4] Max began his stand-up comedy career in 2002 at the LA Improv. The show was part of a comedy workshop class final, and despite his own inhibitions as the "worst kid in class," by the end of his set the audience was thoroughly enthused with the performance they'd just seen. Since then he hasn't stopped. For seventeen years Max has performed across the globe, expressing his views on family and cultural topics through his spectacular theatrics and energetic humor. He was chosen as one of the finalists for NBC's Diversity Showcase in 2009, and he developed a stand-up comedy tour, named "Exotic Imports" featuring second-generation Americans coming from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Max performs nightly at comedy clubs in Los Angeles.

Stand-up comedy[edit]

Primarily a stand-up comedian, Max regularly performs at Comedy Store and Laugh Factory in Los Angeles when not performing shows around the world. He started a stand-up comedy show, named "Exotic Imports", featuring second-generation Americans coming from diverse cultural backgrounds.[5] He was recently chosen as one of the finalists for NBC's Diversity Showcase, and finished taping his first special on Showtime on December 12, 2009.[6] In 2012 he was chosen for the CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase, a known career launching point for many of the shows alum. Max currently tours throughout the world doing Comedy shows, recently performing in Canada, the UK, Emirates, Germany, Australia and throughout the United States.


Amini is an actor with numerous film and TV credits including NBC's Heroes, Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia, and his leading role in the movie How Beer Pong Saved my Life, released in 2010.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Laugh Factory Profile". Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  2. ^ "Diverse City NBC". Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  3. ^ Max Amini (2016-06-04), Iranian Comedian Max Amini in Azeri Turkish, retrieved 2016-03-31
  4. ^ Max Amini (2011-09-03), Iranian Comedian Max Amini in FARSI – UCLA (Part 2), retrieved 2016-03-31
  5. ^ "ED Magik TV Article". Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  6. ^ a b "Laugh Stub Profile". Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  7. ^ "IMDB Profile". Retrieved 2009-04-22.

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