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Fifty Shades of Brown
Lang Recital Hall - Hunter College
New York, NY
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Fifty Shades of Brown!

14th of September 8pm

Lang Recital Hall, 4th floor, Hunter College.

69th Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue

A fun filled, fantastic, hilarious night of comedy featuring the best brown stand-up comedians around!

Performers who have been breaking stereotypes and building a following across the world as brown comedians are now bringing their unique brand of comedy directly to you!

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Tickets are only $20! NO DRINK MINIMUM! NO FOOD MINIMUM!  Just great comedy at a great price!

The Performers:

Gibran Saleem:

Gibran Saleem was born in Greensborro, North Carolina and raised in Northern Virginia in a Pakistani household. He started comedy while attending graduate school for psychology in New York City. While attending school he performed for the TBS Rooftop Comedy College Competition. Although his team, NYU, was unfortunately eliminated, Gibran was individually handpicked as an MVP nominee on a national level out of hundreds of comedians. He also contributed to consulting with MTV on their development initiative entitled the MTV Millennial Project. And was recently part of a sketch on a soon to aired MTV comedy show. He was also recently featured on Canada's B4U channel. Gibran can bee seen performing all over clubs in NYC and all throughout the country. Follow him @gibransaleem or add him at Check a link of him at

Akaash Singh:

Akaash has made the semifinals of Stand-Up for Diversity on NBC. He has made headway on the New York club circuit, performing at major clubs like Caroline's, Gotham, and Stand Up New York.
He went on a national tour last year from D.C. back to Cali, making certain to stop in his home state along the way with a performance at "The Festival of India" at The University of Texas. The show was big enough that it earned Akaash his first write up, and that write up was as effusive as anything he could have written himself.* He could now see the hard work was yielding results.
This year, he earned his first television appearance. He was one of a small handful of comedians selected to be a panelist on MTV's "New Year's Bash 2011", making light of the celebrity news we all take too seriously. Then an acclaimed performance at the Hoboken Comedy Festival further cemented his arrival. And more recently, a pilot for a series with MTV Desi has been approved for a full season, and is set to begin in 2012.
There is plenty going on right now, a whirlwind of change. This comedy thing has a way of eating people alive, but it's the opposite for Akaash. He feeds on it, mind and soul, always hungry to show you something serious with the next laugh.

Sorabh Pant:

Sorabh Pant is one of India's best and most traveled comedians, having done over 280 shows in over 18 cities in the last three years  though, he did it only for the frequent flier miles. "Pant on Fire", his first comedy special has toured India, UAE, Bangladesh and will hit the shores of North America in September.

He's also opened for RobSchneider (You Don't Mess With The Zohan, Deuce Bigalow) and Wayne Brady's (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Wayne Brady Show) India tour. Rob called him, "Fabulous. Very loud!! Killed in every city." Wayne Brady said about Sorabh, "He's the second brilliant Indian comedian I've seen, after Russell Peters."

Recently, he was voted the #1 Most Interesting Indian On Twitter by, a fact he will not shut up about! His second comedy special, "Traveling Pants", will also play exclusively at the coveted Comedy Store, Mumbai. Recently, he also displayed the fact that he can read and write by releasing his debut novel, "The Wednesday Soul."

He also founded India's busiest comedy company, "East India Co.medy", that has a roster of 150 shows planned in 7 cities across the country over the next year.

His material has been described as, "over the top", "manic", and occasionally, "marginally unstable." Join us as he covers his love for Indians of all types, why women are better than Indian men and his great, grand love for chai.

Aman Ali:

Aman Ali is an award winning storyteller in New York City and one of the only young American Muslim voices in the public spotlight today. His passionate and animated style of storytelling draws heavily from his upbringing and travels and continues to gain buzz from people all around the world.

He's made appearances on dozens of media outlets such as CNN, HBO, ABC News, and NPR to talk about his upbringing as a 20-something Muslim born and raised in America.
As a reporter, he's covered everything from Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in New Orleans to Capitol Hill politics in Washington DC to high-profile criminal murder trials in New York to hula festivals in Hawaii.

He is also recognized for being the co-creator of the social media phenomenon 30 Mosques in 30 Days, a 25,000 mile road trip he took to all 50 states in the U.S. with the mission of telling groundbreaking and profound stories about Muslims in America. He continues to share his sharp perspective about social issues as a regular commentator for CNN

Naveed Mahbub

Naveed is what you will expect to not see in a comedian. A first generation FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) immigrant from Bangladesh and an engineer (surprise, surprise), he threw himself into the world of comedy fueled by his burning desire to tell a great story to his grand kids when he's 80. He owes it all to the famous Sandi C. Shore, whose comedy workshop opened up a new side of him that he never knew existed. Growing up as a person who feared public speaking, a fear second only to death, Naveed now lives for the very rush of being on stage to lighten people's minds and hearts in an otherwise stressed out world.

Naveed is an observationist and bases his material on culture, politics, contemporary issues, immigrants/immigration, religion, Corporate America and stories from his lifelong passion, travel. His comedy is un-offensive, un-hurtful and 150% clean (he doesn't know that many dirty English words anyway). Besides, why limit humor to a limited audience?The Engineer Naveed (Dr. Jekyll) has kept the Comedian Naveed (Mr. Hyde) within Area 51. Aside from his fellow comedian friends, only his wife and best friend, Zara, knows of his evening affairs.

Aside from his native Bengali, Naveed is fluent in English (when not mumbling) and knows a little Spanish, Hindi and Urdu. He can read/write Arabic (no, he's not a terrorist). Naveed is a Competent Toastmaster and has appeared in lead roles in four TV commercials  Pepsi, Peps Toothpaste, Red Cow Milk and Duncan Tea which were aired on national television in Bangladesh. He was also a regular on Bangladesh's largest and first radio station, Bangladesh Betar (Radio Bangladesh), for educational programs. He also appeared in quiz shows and children's drama on Bangladesh Television.

Hosted by:

Saad Haroon

Saad Haroon is a standup comedian, improviser, director, scriptwriter and producer who created Pakistan's first improvisational comedy troupe, named Blackfish. Blackfish was hugely successful and performed for many years, also participating and representing Pakistan in Contacting the World, an international theatre festival in Manchester, England.

Saad went on to create Pakistan's first English language comedy show on television 'The Real News'. The show was a mix of Political and Social satire and was one of the first comedy shows in Pakistan to be shot in front of a live studio audience.
Side by side his successful television show,

Saad produced his country's first standup comedy tour named Saad Haroon: Very live! The tour was also filmed and made into a television show, which included interviews with Pakistan's top comedians including Anwer Maqsood, Behroz Sabzwari, Faisal Qureshi and Bushra Ansari.

Saad then trained a new improvisational comedy troupe by the name of Shark, which went on to perform long form improvisational comedy for the first time in Pakistan, also touring the country to great reviews.

In 2009, Saad released his second standup comedy show entitled "This is Standup comedy" and for the following two years he performed the show locally and internationally. He filmed this tour as well, interviewing international comedians such as Aasif Mandvi, Dean Obeidallah and Shazia Mirza making a new weekly comedy show which also was released as a weekly web show.

Saad now frequently travels across the world, performing and collaborating with other artists. He has represented Pakistan in various events and festivals including 'Contacting the World' Professional Development Program, the 'International Festival of Emerging Artists' Presently, Saad Haroon just finished a stand-up and improvisational comedy tour of 16 universities in Pakistan under the banner of Sprite's 'University of Freshology'. At the moment, he is working on a brand new standup comedy show and regularly teaches the art of improvisational comedy, does corporate shows, produces television and web content and has no idea what is around the corner

Your Headliner:

Vidur Kapur

Having exhausted himself and others by faking it all his life as, good son living according to the expectations of his conservative family in India, a nerdy graduate of The London School of Economics, a buttoned up corporate executive in blue chip companies, a flaming gay fashionista in NYC, an angry brown person horrified by being mistaken as a terrorist. He finally decided to overcome his neuroses, contradictions and demonic fears, to become a brutally honest stand up comedian who is not afraid of speaking the truth and putting himself on the line.Vidur will be taping a comedy special on Showtime called "Pauly-tics" with comedian Pauly Shore, He was most recently seen on CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello. He was recently a celebrity contestant on the notoriously popular Indian television show "Sach Ka Saamna" which is the Indian version of the US reality show "The Moment of Truth" where he fearlessly answered questions in a manner that was truly groundbreaking for India.Vidur has also been an immensely popular act on US college campuses and has performed at over 150 colleges pushing boundaries for South Asians and LGBT students. He was a finalist on "New York's Funniest Stand Up" as part of the New York Comedy Festival and on NBC's "Stand Up for Diversity" and has had several comedy specials on MTV Networks' LOGO Channel where he was also nominated for a NewNowNext Award. He has also been seen on television in several countries around the world.Vidur has also boldly made his presence felt internationally by touring India, South Africa, the Caribbean, the Mid-East, South America and Europe and is now ready to conquer the world by being outrageous and honest.



Lang Recital Hall - Hunter College
69th Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10065
United States

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Comedy > Stand Up

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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