Comedian Max Amini

I’m Half Poodle, Half Rooster

Photo by Aaron Salcido.

Max Amini is a stand-up comic who performs around the world and an actor who is a regular on Rob Schneider’s new series Real Rob. Before participating in the Zócalo/UCLA panel “Has Political Correctness Really Killed Humor?”, the UCLA alumnus professed his ongoing affection for Mr. Bean and the Laugh Factory in the Zócalo green room.

Q:
What food won’t you eat?

A:
I don’t eat pork. Recently I’m finding out more stuff that I don’t like. I don’t drink. Now I sound like a rabbi.

Q:
Where would we find you at 10 a.m. on a typical Sunday morning?

A:
Sitting at my desk in front of my computer.

Q:
As a kid, who was your favorite comedian?

A:
I always loved Mr. Bean, and I still like Mr. Bean.

Q:
What’s your most disgusting habit?

A:
[Laughs] I don’t think I have any disgusting habits. I’m pretty angelic in that way.

Q:
When’s the last time you offended someone?

A:
I tend to offend people quite often, especially people close to me, because I say things exactly the way they come to mind, and I’m brutally honest.

Q:
Where are you a regular?

A:
I’m a regular at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. I play the club, I hang out at the club, I spend time with the comedians. It’s my place of work and happiness.

Q:
If you could be any animal, what would you be?

A:
I’m a half poodle, half rooster. That’s actually exactly what I am.

Q:
What do you do to clear your mind?

A:
I work out and I play basketball. Basketball is what takes me completely out of any zone, any funk I’m in.

Q:
Star Wars or the Godfather trilogy?

A:
One hundred percent Godfather trilogy.

Q:
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

A:
My dad has given me a large amount of wonderful advice. I think the best advice that resonates with me is, live for a peaceful life rather than any other ambition. Meaning any goals, anything that you think is happiness, has to be aligned with peace of mind.