'24' actor to star in ABC's 'Funny in Farsi'

Maz Jobrani joins cast of Barry Sonnenfeld-directed pilot

Iranian-born comedian Maz Jobrani has been tapped to star in the ABC comedy pilot "Funny in Farsi."

Another native of Iran, Marjan Nehsat, is set to star opposite Jobrani in the project based on the memoir by Iranian-born author Firoozeh Dumas about growing up in the 1970s in Newport Beach, Calif.

Also cast in the pilot, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, is Hrach Titizian.

On the period single-camera family comedy, Jobrani will play the dad, Mohammed Sayed Kazem Jazeyeri (aka Kaz), an engineer for an oil company who emigrated with his family from Iran to Newport Beach.

Neshat will play the mother Nazireh (aka Nancy), who finds it hard to assimilate in her new environment.

Titizian will play Uncle Mansoor, Kaz's jovial younger brother.

Jobrani is a familiar face on ABC. He co-starred on ABC's "Knights of Prosperity" and recurs on the network's sophomore comedy "Better Off Ted."

A TV special based on his stand-up tour, "Maz Jobrani: Brown & Friendly," airs on Showtime.

Los Angeles-born Titizian, who is of Armenian decent, recurs on the upcoming season of Fox's "24" as Nabeel, the second in command to President Hassan (Anil Kapoor).

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