Join us for an evening of laughter hosted by the brilliant Mo Omar and featuring new comedians from the No Direction Home Collective: Meron, Krzysia Blainska, Abdul Tahhan and Nour-ani Sisserian. Plus special guest headliners Fatiha El-Ghorri and Britain’s Got Talent sensation Nabil Abdulrashid. This gig is presented in partnership with Refugee Action, TERN & Haven Coffee.
Nabil Abdulrashid reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2020 and will launch a nationwide tour later this year.
Fatiha El-Ghorri has performed at comedy clubs across the country and was recently a guest on the ITV show Jonathan Ross Comedy Club.
Mo Omar is a fast-rising comedy talent with a unique perspective & TV appearances including on Harry Hill’s Club Nite.
Krzysia Blainska is a performer, drama facilitator, activist and an aspiring stand-up comedian with experience in theatre-making, facilitation, and organising. She is the co-founder of the Polish feminist collective Dziewuchy London.
Born in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Meron began exploring her love for comedy a year ago and has been doing a few gigs online. Her background is in dancing, especially in African styles and teaching.
Nour-Ani Sisserian is an actor, director and comedian based in Armenia. She is currently facilitating theatre workshops for refugee children from Artsakh.
Nish Kumar says: “The No Direction Home comedians are a very exciting, interesting and creative bunch of people to be around. And they are very funny! The material is really good.”
The event will be hosted live on Zoom; registration is essential via Eventbrite.
This gig is “Pay What You Can Afford” to help cover costs at a suggested amount of £3-5. For those on low or zero income free tickets are available – email email@example.com.
No Direction Home, created in 2018 by Counterpoints Arts as part of its PopChange initiative, together with Camden People’s Theatre and award-winning comedian Tom Parry. We run free workshops and have staged gigs across the country, and since March this year have been working entirely online. Guest headliners including Romesh Ranganathan, Nish Kumar, Sindhu Vee, Joel Dommett and Suzi Ruffell have all spent time with the group, sharing tips and advice. Nish Kumar says: “The No Direction Home comedians are a very exciting, interesting and creative bunch of people to be around. And they are very funny! The material is really good.”
Refugee Action helps people who’ve survived some of the world’s worst regimes. They get them the basic support they need to live again with dignity. Then they help them build safe, happy and productive lives in the UK.
Founded by No Direction Home performer Usman Khalid, Haven Coffee is a social enterprise with a conscience. As well as organic high-quality coffee blends, Haven promotes and supports refugee artists, running exhibitions, events and comedy nights.
TERN (The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network) is a social enterprise supporting refugee entrepreneurs in the creation and development of their businesses. They provide services throughout three stages of entrepreneurial process: business exploration, business start-up and business growth.
'Let me tell you something more about my miserable life," says Usman Khalid, with a miserable face. Then he pauses, and twinkles: "That's why you're here, isn't it?" Well, why would you go to see refugees performing standup comedy? Displacement, migration, sanctuary - these are not hilarious subjects.