Nazeem Hussain: Hussain in the Membrane
- Marissa Burgess
- 17 August 2017
Celebrity chatter merges enjoyably with more heavyweight issues
Nazeem Hussain is well-known in Australia for his TV series Legally Brown and as one half of comedy duo Fear of a Brown Planet. He opens here with some tales of his adventures in the jungle on the Australian I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! For a moment, it looks like this might simply be a light-hearted hour of celebrity gossip and tales of nibbling on an ostrich's anus, but he soon diverts into more interesting territory.
An Australian of Sri Lankan descent and a practising Muslim, he has plenty to talk about, but Hussain in the Membrane is a breezy take on some heavy subjects, and it would be great to hear him delve deeper on religion, immigration and racism. That said, there are still plenty good points, and laughs, to be had here about the significance of flags as well as a great gag about bacon and Muslims.
Hussain's Celebrity material at the beginning is bookended by less glamorous fodder of his job working in a call centre for a well-known communications company. Despite being far removed from the more heavyweight topics of the show, it's nicely ridiculous nonetheless.
Assembly George Square Studios, until 27 Aug, 8pm, £11–£12.50 (£10–£10.50).