2016 ARA Oration - with Sami Shah

Discussing Islam, the Australian response and World Humanitarian Day

Friday 19 August 2016

Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke building, UniSA City West campus

Podcast available HERE

Watch the YouTube video HERE

Sami Shah is a Pakistani born journalist, comedian and improvisational actor who migrated to Australia in June 2012 because it was no longer safe to raise his family in their home country.

Shah presents brutally witty and insightful political comedy on our current social climate, delving into the Muslim religion, culture and his life as a new atheist.

As Pakistan’s first stand-up comedian, in a place where comedy clubs still don’t exist, Shah held his first show to a sold out room of over three hundred. He has since appeared in The New York Times, ABCs Australian Story, QI, Tedx Melbourne and The Project.

After originally settling in regional WA Shah has since moved to Melbourne where he regularly performs stand-up as well as penning a number of books, articles and has recently added radio to his repertoire with his podcast ‘Sami Says’.

More information

Sami Shah's website: Funny Wordy 
Podcast series
Sami Shah: Facebook page
Sami Shah: @samishah (twitter)
Sami Shah: YouTube
Press: Sami Shah's second life as a comedian
Book: I, Migrant: A comedian's journey from the Karachi to the outback
Book: Fire Boy
Australian Story: Northam Exposure

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