Swapping eating challenges in South Africa for a stage and a mic, jungle king and Australian comedy scream Nazeem Hussain has graced the 2018 Adelaide Fringe with his new multifaceted show No Pain No Hussain. Hussain segues through unbelievable anecdotes and impressions, mimicking the Aussie bogan as well as his dear Sir Lankan relatives.
He touches on his time on the Ten Network’s hit show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! before he credits his 10-kilo weight loss to an appetite suppressant – witnessing Steve Price shower naked.
Hussain blends a palette of the social, political and religious climate in both Australia and the United States. He plays with both the current contentious issues of racism in our governments and on our streets, but also takes the piss out of himself so effortlessly, you know it’s okay to laugh.
Pawing with the stereotypes – he shares his encounter with being mistaken for an Uber Eats driver and being stopped at American customs for four hours. However, he also divulges his attempts to stir the pot and stand up for his ethnicity and religious beliefs, like the time he rang national director of Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Thomas Robb, to ask whether Muslims were going to get a mention at their anti-gay rally.
He may not see through the rest of his shows though, as he revealed his wife’s imminent due date for their first child. In his true brash manner, Hussain compares a nine-month long pregnancy to waiting for your favourite Netflix show to come back. Just hoping it won’t be shit.
If you’re into satirical poking at our modern world and tales of eating ostrich anus, No Pain No Hussain is the show for you.
Where: The Box at The Garden of Unearthly Delights
When: 20th - 25th February
Tickets: From $32.00 here
Star rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Header image via Adelaide Fringe