In his new stand-up show Transparent, Akmal draws on his Arabic heritage, experiences immigrating to Australia and his disillusionment with religion and the modern world. And from all reports it’s hilarious and just slightly offensive.
Akmal hits the Hunter in January 2018 (details below) for two shows as part of the tour. We were lucky enough to chat with him via phone this morning and we started out by asking him what he classes as “slightly offensive”.
“What you find offensive depends on a lot of things. Your upbringing mainly. It’s also how you approach the material – some comedians can get away with being really offensive because of the way the approach it” Akmal explains.
Akmal entered the Australian comedy scene in the 90s and went on to land roles on both the big and little screen, he’s performed at festivals all around the world and has won numerous awards, including an ARIA! In 2010 he penned a book about his journey from Egypt and his life as an Arab on the Australian comedy circuit before making, what he says was, one of the biggest mistakes of his life when he agreed to appear on the reality TV show “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here”.
“I tell you why I did that show. I was broke” he says bluntly.
“I thought I was dreaming the whole time. Here I am lying in a hammock next to Shane Warne in the middle of the jungle, sweating and hungry, and ol’ Shane-o is telling me he’s constipated and describing his last bowel movement
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“And remember, if you go and see any other comedian, then the terrorists have won” he laughs.
AKMAL- TRANSPARENT TOUR DETAILS
Friday 5 Jan 2018 – Nelson Bay Diggers
Saturday, 13th Jan 2018 – Belmont 16 Footers
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