Dy­namic duo

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - MARIA NOAKES

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

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