Sat, Jun 08, 2019 09:30PM
Price: $30, $27 Friends, $22.50 students and seniors Includes same-day Museum admission Comedy Packages: Buy three shows at full price and save 15% Buy four shows at full price and save 20%
Enjoy a night of laughs with comedian Azhar Usman, dubbed “America’s Funniest Muslim” (CNN). He sold out a two-night run at the Museum in 2018, and now he’s back by popular demand for two more hilarious shows that break down stereotypes while delving into issues of identity, doubt, and faith.
With his character-driven comedic style, Usman tackles sensitive topics in a way that makes audiences both laugh and think. The New York Times says he “turns fear into funny,” and legendary comedian Dave Chappelle, for whom Usman has opened more than 50 times, called him “untouchable…a comedian from the future.”
Usman’s shows are part of our Comedy from The Other Side of Fear series, which celebrates the courage needed to tell our truths and explores how we conquer fear through storytelling and laughter. These comedic takes on challenging issues encourage us to find their lighter side, expanding our perspective. The series stems from our 2018/19 Performing Arts season, The Other Side of Fear, featuring acclaimed artists who have transcended fear through music, dance, and spoken word.
Azhar Usman is an American Muslim stand-up comedian of Indian descent, widely regarded among the top comedians in Chicago, where he was born and raised. An attorney turned actor, he served as a writer for Hasan Minhaj’s historic speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner and currently has a recurring role in Amazon Studios’ critically-acclaimed original series Patriot. Usman performed at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. Usman has toured with several of today’s top comics, including Dave Chappelle, Hannibal Buress, and Hasan Minhaj. As a consultant and producer, his credits include: The Boundary (HBO); Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King (Netflix); Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado (Netflix); Mo Amer: The Vagabond (Netflix); and Ramy (Hulu). He is a paid regular at the Comedy Cellar in New York City and continues to tour globally.
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