NZICF 16 | 5 mins with Nazeem Hussain

He’s touched Chappelle, hung out with Common, and is said to have reinvented Australian Comedy…it’s all in a day’s work for comedian, writer, TV personality, and activist Nazeem Hussain

We had 5 minutes with Nazeem ahead of his nearly sold-out debut week in New Zealand. 

Describe your show in three words starting with a vowel.
A funny show.

What’s the inspiration behind your show?
My life is my inspiration. Stupid stuff that I do or stupid stuff that happens around me. My life is full of stupid.

What are your top 3 festival picks?
Nick Cody
Urzila Carlson
Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage…
Opening for Dave Chappelle. He’s been a comedy idol of mine since forever. Actually, afterwards, when I got to touch his face (subtly) – that was the most memorable time.

Word Association:

Comedy – Laughing-sound
Fashion – Beards
New Zealand – Cute
Sheep – Many
Selfie – Judgement

And finally, describe the last meal you ate…
It was from the Virgin lounge at Sydney airport. It consisted of three brownies.

NAZEEM HUSSAIN  performs LEGALLY BROWN Tues 10 – Fri 14 May in Auckland as part of the 2016 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. from 22 April – 15 May.  For the full line-up of shows in the Festival head to