NAZEEM HUSSAIN ‘I’VE BECOME A CHEESY DAD’
“We joke about a whole range of things and it’s all connected to life in Australia,” Nazeem says.
He has welcomed two babies in 2018 – one, an actual child: his son, Eesa; the other, Seven’s sketch comedy series Orange is the New Brown. Now, 32-year-old comic Nazeem Hussain tells us about both new arrivals.
What was it like making
OITNB? Working on a comedy show, the aim is to make each other laugh and the crew laugh. Sometimes you forget it’s getting broadcast to heaps of people because you are just having too much fun.
What inspires your comedy?
The best way for me to comment on social issues is if I can personally relate, or if it’s something that happened to me. Then it’s the funniest.
Where does the name Eesa come from?
It’s the Arabic name for Jesus, so he’s got big shoes to fill. He’s cute – a chubby little boy. He’s got an immature dad in me but an amazing mum.
Has being a dad found its way into your comedy?
I haven’t really got any dad jokes yet. The only thing that has happened was I have been on stage and rocking from side to side as if I’m holding a baby.
What’s the best thing about being a dad?
When he recognises me – I walk in the room and he smiles. He slobbers all over my arm and that’s cute now, whereas if someone described that to me, I would vomit. I’ve become a cheesy dad. I’ve got a thousand photos on my phone. I’m a different person now – I don’t recognise myself.