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Guz Khan talks comedy

Written by
Shaun Curnow

Not too long ago Guz Khan was a school teacher. However, after some of his comedy YouTube clips went viral it has not only helped propel him into a new career as a stand up comedian, he's recently landed the position as a presenter for the BBC Asian Network's Saturday morning breakfast radio show.

We asked Guzzy a few questions about performing comedy in the West Midlands and what other exciting plans he has planned for the future:

Where do you think are the best places to perform stand-up comedy in the West Midlands?
My uncle’s shed in Alum Rock is by far the best comedy venue I have performed at. It had a really intimate vibe with the crowd, who were my auntie and this guy who sells DVDs out of a plastic bag. It's a place where a comedian can really hone their craft, and their ability to do 10 minutes standing on a tin of creosote.

You've got all of the mainstream places, and the Rep theatre which is amazing… but they are a bit posh in there innit? Honestly, I am new to the scene. Having made my name in comedy through my YouTube sketches, I have only done stand-up a handful of times, and am looking forward to gracing the legendary spots around the West Mids. It's hometown baby!

We hear you'll soon be making another appearance on TV?
I recently filmed an episode of Birmingham soap ‘Doctors’ and found it really enjoyable. I was initially worried that my style of comedy wouldn't suit the programme; however the cast and crew were so nice and open to the performance that it should make for a really nice cameo.

We also have a Christmas comedy spot on Sky written and performed by the very talented Tez Ilyas, where I play his younger brother. This is due to air in the second week of December, so keep an eye out for that slice of comedic magic.

You've recently started working with the BBC. Got anything else planned?
There is an upcoming performance with the BBC Asian Network comedy team which should be on iPlayer and the red button early next year, and this will be filmed at Brum town’s The Drum venue.

And finally, most importantly, you lot should be over the flipping moon. Mobeen (my character from Small Heath) has a comedy feed with the BBC which is being filmed early next year, the West Midlands needs to get behind that… so we can eventually do the Brummie version of 'Only Fools and Horses'!

You can follow Guz on Twitter @guzkhanofficial and his Facebook page. 

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