Mo Amer & Azhar Usman
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:00 PM EDT
Carolines on Broadway, New York, NY
Mo Amer is a bona fide headliner, an established standup comedian from Houston, Texas, who has been called ‘the Arab-American Bill Cosby.’ In the classic storyteller tradition, Mo is the rare standup gem who started performing standup in high school while still in his mid-teens. Now in his early 30s, he has been a standup comic for more than half of his life, racking up years of experience touring literally across the world, with an impressive global and national standup resume. He has performed in over two dozen countries on five continents—as the first and only Arab-American refugee comic to perform for U.S. and coalition troops overseas, as well as with “Allah Made Me Funny—The Official Muslim Comedy Tour.” He has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the world, including at: Royal Albert Hall and Hammersmith-Apollo (London); Acer Arena (Sydney); Nelson Mandela Theatre (Johannesburg); Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles); as well as at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, the Malmo Arts Festival (Sweden), Amman Comedy Festival (Jordan), and the World’s Funniest Island Festival (Australia). He has been interviewed on television and radio dozens of times, including on NPR, BBC, and CNN. In 2012, he was selected as a finalist in the NBC Standup for Diversity national showcase.
CNN called Azhar Usman "America's Funniest Muslim." The Indian-American standup comedian from Chicago has performed all over the planet and was named "one of the 500 most influential Muslims alive" by Georgetown University in 2009. As co-founder of "Allah Made Me Funny--The Official Muslim Comedy Tour," Usman has a cult following and is widely regarded as a pioneer among Muslim comedians. He has appeared on television and radio many times and in a handful of independent films. Because of his professional background as an attorney, multi-faceted cultural exposure, and years of standup in front of brutally difficult and diverse "ethnic" audiences, Dave Chappelle once remarked "Azhar Usman is untouchable." He and Mo Amer are principals of KALIJAGA MEDIA LLC, a startup production company focused on developing and producing original content, across all digital platforms.
Azhar will be bringing his original one-man show "ALMOST SOLD OUT" to New York City later this year.