Kenya born Muslim comic Imran Yusuf and orthodox Jewish counterpart Ashley Blaker are taking their comedy show on the road in an act inspired by the prophets in their lives.
In the show, titled ‘Prophet Sharing’, the two men riff on their different religions before inviting the audience to fire questions at them.
The pair, who met on the TV circuit and bonded over a shared love of Liverpool Football Club, also unpack their prejudices about each other’s faiths.
Imran is of East-African Indian descent. He was born in Mombasa but raised in London and has travelled much of the world including Israel/Palestine, Jordan and Saudi Arabia during the Lebanon Crisis in 2006 in an all-encompassing pilgrimage for which he quit his job and spent his savings.
The comic, who is fluent in Hindi/Urdu presented his debut show at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010. Ttitled “An Audience with Imran Yusuf”, the act was part of the Laughing Horse Free Festival and it was Imran’s intention to develop his craft and material at the Fringe whilst at the same time keeping under the radar of the UK Comedy Industry and Press.
However, word about the show got out and within a week Imran had gained the first of a collection of 5 star reviews, which led to him being nominated for Best Newcomer in the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010. This was all while fasting between sunrise and sunset in observation of Ramadan.
Imran’s TV debut was also made shortly after the festival appearing on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1) and the Edinburgh Comedy Fest (BBC3) broadcast in September 2010.
He has completed two UK tours with his solo shows “An Audience with Imran Yusuf” and “Bring The Thunder”. His third and fourth shows “Roar of The Underdog” and its sequel “Super Roar of The Underdog Turbo X: HD Remix” were performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
In 2015, Imran hosted the first ever “HaLOL” comedy night to celebrate the growing talent of British Muslim comedy in the UK, after which along with CEO of Unitas Communications; Muddassar Ahmed, Imran became a Director of HaLOL Entertainment, a non-profit organisation seeking to encourage participation in the arts amongst minority communities.
For a full list of remaining dates for Prophet Sharing, please visit the So Comedy website.