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Fat Penguin Presents: Imran Yusuf & Thanyia Moore FREE
WEDNESDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
Same time same place!
8PM @ The Patrick Kavanagh Bar #moseley #birmingham #westmidlands
FREE ENTRY! (Recommended Donation £5)
We've got a great line up this week with star of Michael McIntryre's Comedy Road Show IMRAN YUSUF headlining! Imran Yusuf is renowned for his stinging, lyrical street-slang verbiage and super-high energy performance. Fast and furious yet charmingly endearing, his is a unique voice in the comedy world.
Born in Mombasa, Kenya and raised in the UK with a brief stint at school in the USA, Imran has also travelled much of the world including Israel/Palestine, Jordan and Saudi Arabia during the Lebanon Crisis in 2006. His work has been inspired by this rich multicultural background, giving him a youthful, energetic and highly original voice that embodies the multi-cultural wealth that exists in modern Britain.
He seamlessly switches between styles with graceful fluidity, repeatedly delivering heavy-weight punch lines with enormous panache. His seemingly light-hearted satire is mixed with hard-hitting topical commentary on contemporary issues that culminate into a tour de force of comedy offering an all-embracing sentiment in his trademark styling.
Imran’s initial ambition was to become a video games designer and after working for some of the top companies in the world, his creative aspirations finally gravitated towards the world of stand-up comedy. Following a period of clinical depression when he was 25, he set out to reclaim his life and career through unwavering self-belief, outrageous ambition and incredible hard work. Over the last few years he has won over the hearts and minds of a very broad audience, illustrating that absolutely anything is possible when you follow your dreams.
In 2010, Imran presented his debut solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show, An Audience with Imran Yusuf, was part of the Laughing Horse Free Festival and it was Imran’s intention to develop his craft and material at the Fringe whilst at the same time keeping under the radar of the UK Comedy Industry and Press. However, word about the show got out and within a week Imran had gained the first of a collection of 5 star reviews, which led to him being nominated for Best Newcomer in the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 (He was the first performer from The Free Festival to be nominated in the history of the Awards). All of this whilst fasting between sunrise and sunset in observation of Ramadan.
Imran’s TV debut was also made shortly after the festival appearing on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1) and the Edinburgh Comedy Fest (BBC3) broadcast in September 2010.
Imran has completed two UK tours with his solo shows “An Audience with Imran Yusuf” and “Bring The Thunder”, and is now working on a third solo show for debut at the Edinburgh Festival in the near future. Having already delivered “The Imran Yusuf Show” TV pilot to the BBC and with new TV and radio projects currently in development, Imran can also be seen as a regular member of the team-based topical comedy show; The Cutting Edge at The Comedy Store in London.
Plus a support set from fast rising star THANYIA MOORE!
Thanyia grew up in South London and grew up as an actress and dancer. She always had a love for comedy but her confidence to take to the stage to tell jokes came later in life. Being an actress and dancer, getting on stage was never the problem, getting on stage and being funny is another subject.
Thanyia’s’matter of fact’ on stage persona coupled with her smiling face and instant likeablity ; in addition to her work rate (5-6 gigs a week) is the reason why she has a rapidly growing fan base.
Thanyia is not afraid to talk about her past, present and future and embraces being ‘naked’ on stage. Sharing stories of her dancing days, jobs and children ; amongst many other things.
Thanyia is used to hosting dance events and has done so for a number of years, she is an exprienced host and throughly enjoys it. She has been asked to guest MC many nights, including but not limited to, Comedy Bin, Laughter League, Happy Hooker, The Red Carpet, Gr8 Nights to name a few.
Thanyia also took part in a comedy Panto, Scrooge : A Comics Version, with a host of comics and actors including Quincy, Tony Hendrix & Maureen Younger in addition to being named the Best Female Newcomer at the Black Comedy Awards (Dec 2013).
Quotes ‘Thanyia is what was missing from urban comedy. A funny woman with an opinion’ – Kojo
Moore by name & Moorish by nature… Thanyia presents her comedy with a real zest & hearty feeling that demonstrates she adores comedy… And the audiences adore her too in return. A pleasure to watch and laugh’ – Mr Cee
‘Fresh new comedian on the scene’ – Rudi Lickwood
Thanyia Moore has come on to the stand up circuit with a style, hilarious wit, brutal honesty and flair that has made her infamous – traits which I think will make her famous !’ – Dane Baptiste Hosted by Jay Handley !
See you then!