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Comedian Nazeem Hussain is half of comedy duo Fear of a Brown Planet, but he’s also on the board of the Islamic Council of Victoria and something of a cultural commentator, appearing onÂ Q&A, acting as a spokesman for his community and, predictably, angering conservative newspaper columnists.
A ”moderate Muslim”, Hussain says he never set out to ”spread a message”, but he has made a career from political and race-based comedy – through stand-up, as a presenter on youth radio station Triple J, and on Foxtel’s comedyÂ Balls of Steel.
Never set out to “spread a message?” Really?
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But I’m tipping it will be his new series, produced by Southern Star Entertainment, that will really get the conservatives frothing.
The 10-partÂ Legally BrownÂ might just be the best new comedy series on TV. There’s little worse than being told a ”brave” new comedy will be ”edgy” and ”dangerous”, but Hussain’s new vehicle genuinely does what it promises in the press release.
A mix of stand-up in front of a live studio audience and pre-recorded sketches and hidden-camera pranks,Â Legally BrownÂ is at once sharp, funny and often uncomfortable – everything decent comedy should be.
Much of our political-based comedy can feel a touch undergraduate, but Hussain’s approach to race, politics, and Western understanding – or misunderstanding – of Islam feels fresher and a lot bolder than, say, the comedy stylings of The Chaser.
This first episode sets the tone, with Hussain promising ”something light, something we can all laugh about – like people smugglers”, in a pre-recorded hidden-camera segment called ”Social Experiments”, in which he tries to deliver a truck full of 12 ”asylum seekers” to various businesses.
The hidden-camera pranks recall the work of British comic Dom Joly’s anarchicÂ Trigger Happy TV, with serious social issues subtly addressed, rather than hammered loudly home.
Other skits include Hussain pretending to be an Indian guru counselling unsuspecting people apparently seeking genuine spiritual guidance (makes you wonder why these people sign release forms once they know the truth), and taxi driver turned prime ministerial candidate Uncle Sam, whose slogan is ”Make Australia Halal” (a trailer of which has already prompted former 2UE radio host Michael Smith to rant on his blog), meeting members of the public in Sydney and promising to get rid of pubs and pork. This prompts some excellent unintentional comedy from appalled white Australians.
Then there’s ”Muslim Shore”, a ”brown” incarnation of reality horrorÂ Jersey Shore.
Future episodes promise Hussain taking to the streets dressed as ”ethnic” celebrities such as Sachin Tendulkar, rapper will.i.am and even Jackie Chan (!), to see if anyone can spot the difference.
Parodies of race and politically sensitive subjects can easily veer into worthiness, but Hussain, who co-writes all the material, has a light touch, and even his most ”controversial” gags are never earnest.