Portrait of Sami Shah

Sami Shah

Sami Shah is a multi-award winning writer, comedian, and broadcaster. He’s been profiled in the New York Times, ABC’s Australian Story, BBC Radio 4, NPR, and appeared on QI with Stephen Fry and The Project

Sami has been performing award-winning and highly acclaimed comedy for over a decade, and used his acerbic wit to address world affairs and social issues, in comedy clubs and even international platforms like TEDx. 

His autobiography, I, Migrant (Allen & Unwin) has been nominated for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, WA Premier’s Literary Award, and the Russell Prize for Humour Writing. His first novel Fire Boy (Fantastica) was released in 2016, with its sequel Earth Boy in 2017. It is now available as Boy of Fire and Earth (Picador). His latest non-fiction book, The Islamic Republic of Austrlaia (Harper Collins), was released in June, 2017.

Sami has written columns for national and international newspapers and magazines, short stories for anthologies, and documentaries for ABC RN and BBC Radio 4.

Sami is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.