THEY are two of Australia’s most talented young comedians and after scooping a series of awards in Australia and entertaining audiences at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Nazeem Hussain and Aamer Rahman ( pictured) are back in Melbourne doing what they do best – making people laugh.
The politically aware duo first worked together on Salam Cafe, a show that aired on Channel 31 and was later picked up by SBS.
The series about ‘‘ a bunch of Muslims who weren’t talking about Islam but were just talking about everyday life’’ attracted a following, which encouraged the pair to follow their passion.
So in 2007 they entered Triple J’s Raw Comedy competition and made it to the Victorian state finals. The following year they cemented themselves as the real deal when they took out the Best Newcomer Award for their debut show Fear of a Brown Planet at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The lads made their international debut at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival in August.
Their politically aware, edgy brand of comedy struck a chord with audiences.
‘‘ There was a gap in that certain things weren’t being said and we said it and in a way that people enjoyed,’’ Rahman says.
But despite their success the pair still have their critics. ‘‘ The problem a lot of people have with our comedy is not even what we’re saying, it’s the suggestion that racism even exists [ in Australia] at all because they don’t want to know. They take it really personally,’’ Rahman says.
Fear Of A Brown Planet, ABC2, Friday, 9.30pm