An Audience With Imran Yusuf, The British Muslim Comedian

From Cambridge News | by Jennifer Shelton

Join Imran Yusuf on his debut tour of the UK and discover the show that catapulted him from a relatively unknown performer to one of the most talked about comedians of The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010.

Renowned for his optimism-packed, high-energy performances, Yusuf is becoming one of the UK’s most notable comedians.

Fast and furious, his light-hearted satire frequently masks hard-hitting topical commentary on contemporary issues such as racism, sexism and religion.

Born in Mombasa, Kenya and raised in the UK with a brief stint at school in the USA, Yusuf travelled much of the world including Israel/Palestine, Jordan and Saudi Arabia during the Lebanon Crisis in 2006. His work has been inspired by this rich multicultural background, giving him a youthful, energetic and highly original voice that embodies the multi-cultural wealth that exists in modern Britain.

Yusuf’s original ambition was to become a video games designer but after working for some of the UK’s top companies, his creative aspirations finally gravitated towards the world of stand-up comedy. Following a period of clinical depression when he was 25 he set out to reclaim his life and career through unwavering self-belief, ambition and hard work.

Last year, Yusuf presented his debut solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where he gained the first of a collection of five-star reviews, which led to him being nominated for Best Newcomer in the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 (He was the first performer from The Laughing Horse Free Festival to be nominated in the history of the Awards). He performed more than 100 shows during August - all of which were done whilst fasting between sunrise and sunset in observation of Ramadan.
Yusuf has also appeared on the Edinburgh Comedy Gala and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show. Catch this rising star as he heads to Cambridge next week.

:: An Audience with Imran Yusuf, The Junction, May 4, 8pm. Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions, £5 students). Contact (01223) 511511 / www.junction.co.uk.

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