Imran Yusuf

Kenya Stand-up comedy Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow
Imran Yusuf
Born (1979-11-26) 26 November 1979 (age 40)
Mombasa, Kenya
MediumStand-up, Television
Years active2003–present
GenresObservational comedy
Subject(s)Racism, Relationships, Islamophobia

Imran Yusuf (born 26 November 1979) is a Kenyan-born British stand-up comedian of Indian Konkani Muslim descent, who has appeared on various British radio and TV comedy shows.

Early life and career

Yusuf was born in Mombasa, Kenya to ethnic Indian parents of Konkani Muslim origin, and grew up in London. His family became refugees following the expulsion of Asians from Uganda by Idi Amin in 1972.

He initially worked in the video game industry. He worked on the development for several Midway Games titles such as Spy Hunter. He also worked on Championship Manager.

Comedy career

Imran Yusuf first performed in 2000 at a comedy show hosted by comedian Jeff Mirza. He started his full-time career in comedy in 2003 after quitting the video game industry. He won a stand-up competition at Newbury Comedy Festival in 2004. In 2010, he appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 with his first solo show An Audience with Imran Yusuf receiving positive reviews[1] and a nomination from the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards for the best newcomer.[2][3] 2010 saw Yusuf appearing on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow[4][5] as well as debuting on the BBC Radio 7's satirical news comments The Now Show on Boxing Day of that year. In February 2011, he appeared on BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz and also on BBC Two's How TV Ruined Your Life, together with Charlie Brooker. His UK tour An Audience with Imran Yusuf started in February 2011 as well at London's Soho Theatre. Later that year, he made a debut on Arthur Smith's Balham Bash on BBC Radio 4.

In 2011, BBC America Yusuf's stand-up was a part of Funny As Hell,[6] a stand-up series presenting British comedy in the United States. Also in 2011, Yusuf performed with a show called Bring The Thunder at the Edinburgh Fringe.[7][8] In 2012, The Imran Yusuf Show was broadcast on the BBC. In 2015, Yusuf starred as Ed in the series Fried; two years later, he appeared as Sid in the romantic comedy film Finding Fatimah.[9]

Television credits



  1. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "An Audience With Imran Yusuf : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  2. ^ Premier. " / Edinburgh Comedy Awards". Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  3. ^ "The Free Fringe Festival - Edinburgh & Brighton Fringes 2010". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Comedy Roadshow appearance".
  5. ^ 9.25pm, BBC1 (25 September 2010). "Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. ^ "BBC America - Funny As Hell announcement". Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live Recording". Archived from the original on 24 September 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  8. ^ "BBC Comedy Presents Three@TheFringe".
  9. ^ "Finding Fatimah official website". Retrieved 3 February 2017.