Nazeem Hussain @ Assembly George Square

Politics, racism and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here converge in Nazeem Hussain's show

Review by Nadia Younes | 10 Aug 2017
  • Nazeem Hussain

Nazeem Hussain is Australian and Muslim; this information is important because he talks about these things a lot throughout his show, Hussain in the Membrane.

The world is a difficult place to live in right now, particularly for Muslims, and Hussain insightfully points out the absurdity of this. Much like the show’s flyer explains, Hussain has a knack for exposing the flaws in prejudices against Islam and finding humour in them, detailing some of his own personal experiences with this.

However, the show is not entirely politically-fuelled – Hussain opens by discussing his stint spent on Australia’s version of the reality show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and how his sensitive gag reflex has brought him some unwarranted attention.

His jokes regarding his mother are perhaps his finest moments and judging by his stories and imitations of her, pink wedding sari and all, it seems as though she too deserves her own stand-up show. Racism and prejudice can be a difficult topic to cover but by poking fun at the ridiculousness of it, Hussain manages with ease, proving that sometimes the most sensitive of issues are best addressed with laughter.

Nazeem Hussain – Hussain In The Membrane, Assembly George Square (Studio 5), 2-27 Aug (not 15), 8pm, £10-£12.50