Fringe 2016: Nazeem Hussain – Hussain in the Membrane – Studio 7 – The Garden of Unearthly Delights – 3.5K

By Olivia Henry


You may recognise Nazeem Hussain: he’s an Australian comedian of Sri Lankan descent, and star of SBS’s Legally Brown. Hussain is back in Adelaide this year for his hour-long stand up show, Hussain in the Membrane. In this show, he tackles a wide variety of topics such as home ownership, marriage, dogs (he doesn’t like them?!?!!) and most notably, race.


There is no denying that ethnicity and religion are two of the most controversial topics in Australian media today. With other comedians, this can often lead to uncomfortable giggles or outright offence. However, Hussain is very good at crossing lines while avoiding the awkward “ooohs” from the audience. As a Muslim living in Australia, Hussain draws on his own experiences and tackles stereotypes head-on.


Audience input is also a small, yet memorable part of Hussain’s show. It is interesting how passing comments, such as his conversation with a voice actor, or mishearing “Hotline Bling” as “Hold my Bling” can produce giggle-worthy results.


This is a great show for anyone who knows what it’s like to be a little bit different. And with sell-out crowds, it’s definitely worth a look.




Saturday is sold out, but tickets are still available for Sunday, 6 March. You can check it out and buy tickets here.

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