PLAYING WITH WORDS
KNOWN for his ability to deal with hot topics in a hilarious and slightly offensive way, Akmal promises this year to deliver a show that is punctual and jam-packed with words – some of which he will be using for the first time.
One of Australia’s most respected and accomplished comics, he draws on his Arabic heritage, his experiences immigrating to Australia at the age of 11 and his disillusionment with religion and the modern world to deliver a fresh, funny and honest stand-up show.
He may even mention one of the biggest mistakes of his life when last year he agreed to appear on the reality TV show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
Akmal entered the world of comedy in 1990 under the alias Peter Saleh (so people would think he was white, he says).
Since then he has performed in movies, on TV and as a regular radio and talk show host and has written a book about his journey from Egypt and life as an Arab on the Australian comedy circuit.
As a stand-up, he has performed at festivals around the world, including Edinburgh, and has won numerous awards, including an ARIA for the DVD Live and Uncensored.
Akmal will be spreading the word in Mandurah.