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Sami Shah: I, Migrant


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Pakistani stand-up comedian Sami Shah has been delivering punchlines from the frontlines of the war on terror for several years. He’s been profiled on Comedy Central, by Australian Story and in the New York Times.

Shah left Pakistan for Australia after being targeted by death threats; at home, he fronted his own satirical show and worked as a journalist. In his own unique comic style, he shares his story of what it’s like to leave the home you love to start a new life – somewhere your child can grow up safely.
In conversation with Rafael Epstein.

BYO lunch.


Sami Shah

Sami Shah is a multi-award winning comedian, writer, journalist and broadcaster. Sami’s comedy has won the Best Local Act at the 2013 Perth International Comedy Festival, and Best Comedy at 2016 Fringe World. He’s performed multiple sold-out runs at comedy festivals across Australia, as well... Read more

Rafael Epstein

Rafael Epstein is a journalist who has worked in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Timor, Indonesia, Europe and the Middle East. He has covered national elections in the UK and Australia, East Timor’s vote for independence in 1999, the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, the 2005 London ... Read more


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