Nazeem Hussain has fast become one of the most in-demand TV and Radio personalities in Australia. He recently starred as one of the celebrities in the latest Australian season of Network Ten’s hit reality TV show, “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!”.
Nazeem is best known as the star and creator of the critically acclaimed TV show, ‘Legally Brown’, airing for two seasons on SBS in 2013 & 2014. The show broke ground with it’s boundary-pushing content, received wide spread critical acclaim and was nominated for Most Outstanding Comedy at the 2015 Logie Awards.
“Reinventing Australian Comedy”
– Herald Sun (Australia)
Prior to ‘Legally Brown’, Nazeem was a regular on the Comedy Channel’s hugely successful, ASTRA award-winning ‘Balls of Steel Australia’. His self-created character, Calvin Khan – the Very Foreign Correspondent, saw his episodes achieve the highest ratings of the season. Nazeem also starred on the cult-hit Salam Café on SBS, which was nominated for a Logie Award in 2009.
Other TV appearances include; ‘The Full Brazilan’ (SBS), ‘The Project’ (Ten), ‘The Feed’ (SBS), ABC News Breakfast (ABC) and leading news and politics panel show ‘Q and A’, alongside Malcolm Turnbull and Lindsay Tanner. A familiar voice on the airwaves, Nazeem also recently guest presented the coveted Breakfast time slot for Matt & Alex on Triple J and was a regular on NOVA.
“And just when you think you have him pegged, he sneaks up on you again, showing society’s conventional wisdom to be little more than prejudice, yet somehow picking out something side-splittingly funny therein”
– The Times (UK)
Nazeem has also performed stand-up on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival All Stars Gala 2011 and Oxfam Gala (Network 10) and the Sydney Comedy Festival Gala (Comedy Channel) two years running. He has performed several times at the annual Falls and Southbound festivals across Australia, to crowds of over 10,000 people and toured Australia and Asia as part of the Melbourne international Comedy Festival Roadshow.
In 2011 Nazeem performed with Fear of a Brown Planet at the largest arts festival in the world – the Edinburgh Fringe – and received the highest review from the esteemed Guardian newspaper given that year. That same year FOABP was the focus of an episode of Australian Story. The episode documented Aamer Rahman and Nazeem’s lives in Australia as well as their debut performances in Edinburgh and London.
Performing as the support act for renowned US comic (and Nazeem’s idol) Dave Chappelle in his 2014 Australian tour was another career highlight and also a dream fulfilled for Nazeem. To add to this list of ever growing credits; Burn Your Passport, Nazeem’s first Comedy Podcast recently won iTunes Best Comedy Podcast of 2016. Launching in only April of this year, it was one of the first round of Podcasts to be commissioned by ABC Radio and is also ranked in the Top 20 most listened to Podcasts in Australia.
In 2015 Nazeem’s first ever solo stand-up tour was one of the most successful shows to come out of the Melbourne & Sydney International Comedy Festivals and was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Comedy. His 2016 follow up show was equally as successful and he enjoyed more sell out runs around Australia and NZ. With it, he Antwerp, Paris and selling out London’s prestigious Soho Theatre, twice over. Nazeem debuted as a solo act at the Edinburgh Fringe, last August, and once again he managed to impress the harshest critics and won himself new audiences with a completely sold out run! A rarity even for Edinburgh Fringe veterans.
“Hussain is a wonderful comedic artist who blends observation with comedy that crafts an intelligent and hilarious show”
– Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (UK)
In his American TV debut, Nazeem became an official correspondent for brand new Netflix program “Bill Nye Saves the World”. Along with American scientist and TV personality Bill Nye (popularly known as ‘Bill Nye the Science guy’), Nazeem appears alongside other correspondents; Karlie Kloss, Emily Calandrelli, Joanna Hausmann and Derek Muller. Nazeem is currently shooting series two, and working on bringing Hussain in the Membrane to the Edinburgh Fringe this August, followed by a run of brand new show Public Frenemy at London’s Soho Theatre. He has just received his second nomination for Best Comedy Performer at this year’s Helpmann Awards.