I, Migrant: A Comedian's Journey from Karachi to the Outback

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9781743319345: I, Migrant: A Comedian's Journey from Karachi to the Outback

An intelligent, hilarious, and moving memoir from stand-up comedian Sami Shah

Despite nearly being killed by a kangaroo and almost lynched and run out of town after his comedy was taken far too seriously, Sami Shah is very happy to be living in Australia. He had fronted his own satirical show on TV, worked as a journalist, and been a highly regarded newspaper columnist—all dangerous occupations to be involved in—when the combination of seeing the aftermaths of a devastating bomb attack and being the target of death threats convinced him to leave Pakistan. Under the terms of their Australian migration visa, Sami, his wife, and young daughter were obliged to settle in a rural area, and so they moved to Western Australia. Now Sami is battling a crippling addiction to meat pies, but at least is no longer constantly mistaken for an escaped asylum seeker from the nearby detention center. Called "a swaggering dynamo" by the New York Times, he has performed countless comedy shows to ever-growing and appreciative audiences. I, Migrant tells the hilarious and moving story of what it's like to leave the home you love to start a new life in another country so your child can be safe and grow up with a limitless future.

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About the Author:

Pakistani stand up comedian Sami Shah has been delivering punchlines from the front lines of the War on Terror for several years. He has been profiled on Comedy Central and NPR's The World, and performed on the BBC Asian Network and for TEDx. He is also an illustrator, graphic designer, and columnist.


"Honest and inspiring, Shah's book is a reminder of how laughter is not only necessary, but also life-sustaining. Humor at its most vigorous and unsparing."  –Kirkus Reviews 

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