If you are in Melbourne, you must go to the Melbourne Fringe Festival and watch the new comedy show Who Is Abdul Smith? Because if you don't go, you ... um ... er ... well you simply won't know the answer to the question!
Here is what the bludgers promoting this show have to say ...
IMAGINE THE UNITED NATIONS CROSSED WITH AUSTRALIAN IDOL AND DEAL OR NO DEAL.
10 comedians battle it out to prove who is the most "multi-culti" on Australia's favourite TV show: Who is Abdul Smith?
It's an action-packed 90 minutes of stand-up, storytelling, spontaneity and song, featuring Melbourne's most diverse comedy talent:
- Mohammed El-leissy was part of Fringe 2007's Fear of a Brown Planet, nominated for Best Newcomer.
- Sema Kuyruk is Australia's first hijab-wearing stand-up comic, on a one-woman mission to bring hijab back!
- Trent McCarthy had a sell-out season with his 2008 Comedy Festival show Turning Sudanese, described by The Age as "a delightful experience, both broadening and funny".
- Ajak Kwai, a former Sudanese refugee, is a singer and storyteller who promises not to eat you!
- Simon Pampena, the Angry Mathematician, has just toured Australia with his Maths Olympics comedy show as part of National Science Week.
- Farah Faiq is a feisty Iraqi-born gal with a passion for fashion and a razorsharp wit.
- Scott Fraser is a frustrated stand-up with a rod in his leg and a chip on his shoulder.
- Simon Tengende recently premiered his play Discrit Zimbabwe, using humour to explore the troubled history of his homeland.
- Alev Girgin has never been so single in her life, looking for Mr Right among so many Mr Wrongs.
- Cameron Farshid McDonald is a half-Iranian, half-Scottish Aussie who doesn't know which part of him dislikes the English more.
- plus a different special guest each night!
Who will win? Who will lose? And who is Abdul Smith?
Momo El-leissy tells me that this show will so damned good, I should be travelling to Melbourne just to see it. He'd better be right or I'll demand a refund.
Words © 2008 Irfan Yusuf