One of Britain’s most prominent Asian comedians, Meera Syal presents a four-part series, exploring the history and future of British Asian comedy.
Kicking off by telling the story of the genre in the first two parts, the final two programmes will broadcast an exclusive night of comedy showcasing the best of Asian Stand Up talent, recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre on 30 April 2012 (event information and ticket application details below.)
Meera Syal’s Asian Comedy Story
Part 1: Monday 9 July, 10pm
The opening of this four-part series will focus on British Asian Comedy from the very beginning, investigating the current scene prior to popular Asian TV programmes including Goodness Gracious Me and the Kumars At Number 42.
Part 2: Tuesday 10 July, 10pm
The second part of the series continues the story and explores how, after making it into the mainstream, Asian comedy began to grow. It draws on further examples of its increase and looks at the current Asian comedy scene today, including the careers of successful comedians, including Shazia Mirza and Kulvinder Ghir.
Meera Syal’s Asian Comedy Night
Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 July, 10pm
Recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre on 30 April, BBC Asian Network presents Meera Syal’s Asian Comedy Night, a unique, one-off event to celebrate British Asian comedy talent and the critical contribution it has made to the British creative and cultural landscape.
Presented by Meera Syal and BBC Asian Network’s Breakfast presenter Tommy Sandhu, the final two parts of this series present highlights from the evening, showcasing the very best in Asian comedic talent.
Performers include much loved comedians like Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee Imran Yusuf, Shazia Mirza (“Clever, ground-breaking and very funny” Evening Standard), stand-up from Goodness Gracious Me star Kulvinder Ghir, and Mickey Sharma (“biting comedy with a backbeat and soul” Eastern Eye).
The evening also showcases rising stars including Asian Provocateurs ("The Asian French and Saunders" Latest 7), YouTube sensation Humza Badman and – live from Pakistan on the night - Sami Shah (“brings the funny” Daily Times, “sarcastic, acerbic, disrespectful thug” Anonymous Internet Troll), which will all be reflected across these two programmes.
Produced by Jon Holmes (The Now Show, Radio 4) and Tonic Productions.
Meera Syal’s Asian Comedy Night Event – Monday 30 April 2012