PLAY­ING WITH WORDS

Pinjarra Murray Times - - REVUE ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT: Ak­mal - Trans­par­ent. WHERE: Man­durah Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre. WHEN: Sun­day, Novem­ber 5.

Ak­mal will be spread­ing the word in Man­durah.

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