press quotes


“America’s Funniest Muslim”

“The audience bursts into laughter [and] roars appreciatively.”

“Changing perceptions … while making people laugh.”

— Fox News

“One of the more promising up-and-comers…”
ABC Nightline

“That boy’s a trip!”
MTV News

“The troupe is called Allah Made Me Funny, and they pride themselves in taking touchy issues head-on.”

“The message [of “Allah Made Me Funny”]—of American Muslims, proud to be both ‘American’ and ‘Muslim’—is a powerful message that would open British Muslim eyes to American cultural and religious diversity as well as encourage reflection on the part of [the] British Muslim community in a positive, self-defining direction.”
Internal U.S. Government Cable (courtesy of Wikileaks)



“Turns fear into funny.”
The New York Times

“Mr. Usman not only tackles religion, but the identity of a Muslim male … taking the bull by the horns.”
Wall Street Journal

“World Peace … One Joke at a Time.”
USA Today

“Usman’s appearance … elicited a standing ovation.”
Washington Post

“A popgun shot across the bow in the culture wars.”
Chicago Tribune

“Irony, juxtaposition and distorting stereotypes are exactly where Usman … finds “the funny” and the fodder for his unique brand of comedy.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Usman … probably has the best material of the three.”
LA Times

“A fast-talking, wise-cracking American hipster.”
Dallas Morning News

“Just the sort of fellow one would want to sit next to on a long flight – a witty, erudite and well-traveled former lawyer…”
Philadelphia Inquirer

“They hope their oxymoron status as Muslim comedians will show the Muslim world and mainstream society that humor cuts across racial and religious lines.”
San Jose Mercury News

“Comedian, artist, and activist.”
Minneapolis StarTribune

“Has all the fundamentals of personality, likability, and showmanship.”
Seattle Times

“One of the most unusual and uplifting cross-cultural experiences you’ll have this year.”
Detroit Free Press

“Probably no one in the history of Islam – a history that stretches back almost 1,400 years – has been as funny as Azhar Usman in talking about the religion, its followers and the stereotypes that plague them.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“The audience roared. Usman is a very funny guy. And do we ever need him right now.”
Boston Globe

“Azhar Usman is very serious about comedy.”
Toledo Blade

"Makes Comedy Meaningful."
—  Lawyers USA


“His largely white, liberal audience guffaws.”
The Economist

“The comic stylings of Allah Made Me Funny? Was this for real?”

“Allah Made Me Funny … produced some of the most-talked-about comedians among the up-and-comers on the club scene.”

“Insider-cool and outsider-friendly.”
LA Weekly


“Undoubtedly a winning presence… There’s no doubt Usman could have achieved more than his 30-minute slot allowed.”
— The Independent

“A unique comic perspective … takes us into fresh and thought-provoking territory.”
The Guardian

“Stand-up with a point? How simple the sound.”
— TimeOut London

“From the plays of ancient Athenian Aristophanes to modern-day stand-up comics such as Pryor or Chris Rock … Allah Made Me Funny continues in this vein.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“Usman comes off more like a sage than a funnyman, as much an activist as a gagster.”
— CBC (Canada)

“Uncle Sam’s best public diplomacy tool in its hearts-and-minds battle to ‘wage peace.’”
—  The Times of India

“Even more impressive is his ability to trip merrily along the fraught terrain of race, religion and communal stereotypes, and leave audiences chortling in his wake.”
Outlook India

"Next cult hit?"
Rediff India Abroad 

"Revamping the image of Muslims."
DAWN (Pakistan) 

"In Usman's surreal scenarios, the sublime becomes the source of ridiculous humor."
Qatar Foundation 

"The first standup comedy [in Cairo]."
Masress (Egypt) 

"Rollicking good fun that gives audiences of all cultural backgrounds the chance to laugh, drop their guard and open their minds."
News24 (South Africa)


Azhar Usman is untouchable. He is like a comedian from the future.”
— Dave Chappelle

“Azhar Usman is funny. Also, he turned me on to halal bacon, and I thank him for that.”
— Jim Gaffigan

“I think if anyone understands the perspective of an Indian American Muslim, it’s a white English person. And I think Azhar is hysterical.”
— John Oliver

“Azhar Usman is very funny, deeply spiritual, and extremely hairy. He’s like Zach Galifianakis meets Deepak Chopra—and funnier than you’d expect that combination to be.”
— Russell Peters

“Azhar Usman is a true original and will laugh the hate right out of you.”
— Louie Anderson

“One of the most important, relevant and hysterically funny guys out there!”
— Margaret Cho

“I really enjoyed Azhar’s effort to get off the synagogue circuit and find his own path with his one man show.”
— Hannibal Buress

“See Azhar Usman today while you still can because soon he is gonna blow up… What, what did I say!?”
— Aasif Mandvi

“One of the top Muslim comedians who is taking White comedians’ jobs.”
— T.J. Miller