Sami Shah: Cuck

Comedy, Comedy festival
Comedian Sami Shah in white wedding tux in front of pastel floral wallpaper
Photograph: Supplied/MICF

Time Out says

The radio host-turned stand-up comic has a hilarious outlook on his adopted home in Australia

White people can’t coup for shit. Unlike Trumps hapless clingers-on raiding the Capitol, it involves a little more than being draped in a flag while live streaming your stupidity to social media. That sick burn is the outrageous highlight of a raucous hour in the company of Pakistan-born former ABC radio host and stand-up comedian, Sami Shah. Cuck is a side-splitting take down of racism, white privilege and cultural appropriation, with the latter illustrated by the Proud Boys muscling in on terrorism.

Shah’s spearing of his chosen home (musing he might have been better off down in NZ) is delivered with an adorably amiable style that positively invites self-reflection, without soap boxing. Hitting where it hurts with such good humour, you can’t help but cackle at white people’s manifest shitdom. As he sees it, Aussies really don’t celebrate non-toxic running water, electricity that stays on, and non-microwaveable strawberries anywhere near as much as these treasures deserve.

It’s not just the [predominantly] white audience that get it in the neck. Shah's more than happy to spill on the failure of his second marriage three months in, and his subsequent lockdown depression in this new show. You can also expect to hear about his brief stint at ABC Breakfast Melbourne, co-hosting with Jacinta Parsons post-Red Symons. As Shah notes, we now have a metric for white privilege. “It takes one brown man and one white woman to add up to one white man.”

Put us down for Shah (and Parson’s) company any time.

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