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About Us

HaLOL Entertainment is a non-profit organisation seeking to encourage participation in the arts amongst minority communities.

Our aspiration is to create a more accessible and inclusive comedy and arts culture, by providing spaces in which both artists and audiences of ethnic minorities feel represented and welcomed.

HaLOL Entertainment organises events such as comedy nights, art competitions, and musical performances in mainstream venues, collaborating with established artists from around the world.

Any profits made from our events get recycled back into the HaLOL Entertainment where it is used to help develop artistic talent from minority communities.

The organisation was started by Muddassar Ahmed, CEO Unitas Communications and Imran Yusuf, stand-up Comedian in 2015.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Tuesday 22nd November

HINGLISH COMEDY NIGHT

Doors:7.30pm / Starts:8pm

Check out our ground-breaking new show! Discover the linguistic phenomenon of Hindi and English known as "Hinglish"! Come join us in a celebration of British-Asian comedy and the cultural fusion of language and identity that our generation has been part of with MC: Imran Yusuf hosting the wonderful multi-lingual Desi skills of Nabil Abdulrashid, Sindhu Vee, Hyde Panaser Comedian, Aatif Nawaz, Shazia Mirza and Mickey Sharma on TUESDAY 22nd NOVEMBER at The Comedy Café!

  • Nabil Abdulrashid
  • Imran Yusuf
  • Mickey Sharma
  • Sindhi Vee
  • Shazia Mirza
  • Aatif Nawaz
  • Hyde Panaser
SOLD OUT

Friday 11th November

HaLOL Muslim Comedy Show

Doors: / Starts:8:30pm

HALOL Entertainment bring another night of cutting edge socio-political satire from the finest Muslim comics on the British circuit! MC: Omar Hamdi Comedian, Nabil Abdulrashid, Kae Kurd and Prince Abdi tackle the touchy subjects of extremism, bashing the bigots on both sides and offering a more humanising narrative of Muslims unspoken of anywhere else!

  • Omar Hamdi
  • Nabil Abdulrashid
  • Kae Kurd
  • Prince Abdil
SOLD OUT

Saturday 16th July

HaLOL Eid 2016 Muslim Comedy Show!

Doors:7:30pm / Starts:8pm

HaLOL Entertainment invites you to celebrate Eid 2016 in fits of laughter!

Join us on Saturday, July 16th 2016 at Rich Mix Shoreditch. As usual, we're bringing together the best in the comedy world to the stage for one night only!

Hosted by Omar Hamdi and featuring Aatif Nawaz, Shazia Mirza, Imran Yusuf, Bilal Zafar, and Darius Davies. This show won't disappoint!

Not for the faint-hearted, HaLOL is fresh and honest, there are no limits on the language or content as the British Muslim narrative is redefined away from the clutches of both religious extremism and rightwing bigotry, by the most authentic voices of reason and peace in the comedy world!

  • Omar Hamdi
  • Bilal Zafar
  • Darius Davies
  • Shazia Mirza
  • Imran Yusuf
  • Aaftif Nawaz
SOLD OUT

Thursday 10th March

NEW VOICES MUSLIM COMEDY SHOW

Doors:7:30pm / Starts:8:00pm

Join us for our first show of 2016 - featuring the best newcomers in comedy! Buy your tickets now for The New Voice Muslim Comedy Show on Thursday 10th March at the The Comedy Café!

  • OMAR HAMDI
  • SADIA AZMAT
  • BILAL ZAFAR
  • KAE KURD
  • JAY ISLAAM
  • ESHAAN AKBAR
  • AATIF NAWAZ
SOLD OUT

Monday 14th December

HALOL XMAS SPECIAL

Doors:7:30PM / Starts:8PM

Start this holiday season in fits of laughter! Join us at The Comedy Café in Shoreditch on Monday, 14th December 2015. One-night only, featuring Imran Yusuf, Omar Hamdi, Sajeela Kershi, Bilal Zafar, Prince Abdi and others! Tickets £20. Limited availability.

  • IMRAN YUSUF
  • OMAR HAMDI
  • SAJEELA KERSHI
  • BILAL ZAFAR
  • PRINCE ABDI
SOLD OUT

Monday 14th September

REFUGEE CRISIS FUNDRAISER – COMEDY NIGHT

Doors:7:30PM / Starts:8PM

HaLOL Entertainment has teamed up with @LDN2Calais and The Comedy Café to bring together some big names in comedy to help raise money for the Refugee Crisis in Calais. Join us on Monday, 14th September 2015 at The Comedy Café, Monday September 14th 2015. Tickets £10.

  • Imran Yusuf
  • Stephen K Amos
  • Mark Tomas
  • Paul Sinha
SOLD OUT

Friday 24th July

A Musical Night with Al Firdaus Ensemble ft. Eid Stories by Khayaal Theatre

Doors:6.30pm / Starts:7pm

The Waterlily, 69-89 Mile End Road, London E1 4TT
Al Firdaus Ensemble, Eleanor Martin

Join us for an unforgettable night of Eid entertainment for the whole family. Themed on the rich Muslim heritage of Andalusia, the evening includes Islamic storytelling by Eleanor Martin, followed by a Sufi musical concert by Al-Firdaus Ensemble. 

  • Al Firdaus Ensemble
  • Eleanor Martin
SOLD OUT

Monday 20th July

HaLOL Comedy Night: Eid Special!

Doors:6.30pm / Starts:8pm

Showcasing the diversity of today’s British comedy culture, host Imran Yusuf has brought together some of the best in British comedy today for this unique show that will challenge stereotypes and misconceptions of the role of faith, multiculturalism, and values in Britain today.

  • Imran Yusuf
  • Nabil Abdulrashid
  • Tamer Kattan
  • Shazia Mirza
  • Pete Johansson
  • Tez Ilyas
  • Sol Bernstein
  • In Cahoots
SOLD OUT

Monday 8th June

Lives Matter

Doors:6.30PM / Starts:8PM

On June 8th 2015, Jason Patterson hosted comedy night fundraiser for Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Black Lives Matter: An evening of more conscious stand up at London’s prestigious Comedy Store.

Touching upon issues of injustice, racism, and stereotypes facing Black communities globally, the comedians truly honoured the spirit of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, pursuing the conversation of race, class and inequality through a satirical take, rooted in the experiences of the diverse Black comedic voices from across the UK.

  • Jason Patterson
  • Marlon Davis
  • Ola
  • Nathan Caton
  • Prince Abdi
  • Dane Baptiste
  • Funmbi Omotayo
  • Nabil Abdulrashid
SOLD OUT

Monday 9th March

HaLOL Comedy Night

Doors:6.30pm / Starts:8pm

On March 9th 2014 Imran Yusuf hosted first-ever HaLOL Comedy Night at London’s prestigious Comedy Store, home of British stand-up comedy!

  • Imran Yusuf
  • Nabil Abdulrashid
  • Shazia Mirza
  • Prince Abdi
  • Tez Ilyas
  • Bilal Zafar
SOLD OUT

Meet The Team

Shamineh Mavalvala

Director

Shamineh Mavalvala is a recent post-graduate of the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex. She is currently the Programme Coordinator for The Concordia Forum and Director at HaLOL Entertainment, and formerly worked as a Researcher at Unitas Communications. Shamineh is also Creative Head of Niloufer’s Kitchen, a family-run food blog, e-cookbook, and catering conglomerate based in Toronto, Canada.

Muddassar Ahmed

Chair

Muddassar Ahmed is Managing Partner of Unitas Communications, a leading reputation management agency. Unitas is the official agency for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, other clients include various governments and international organisations. Muddassar is also currently President of the Concordia Forum, an annual retreat for Western Muslim leaders. In addition, he’s the President of John Adams Society and a director of Duke University's Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, European Network of American Alumni Associations, Halol Entertainment and Faith’s Forum for London. He’s a Fellow at Royal Society of Arts and a Member of US Atlantic Council. Muddassar recently completed a term as Advisor on Muslim communities to the UK Government.

Aizzah Fatima

Director

Aizzah Fatima is a Manhattan based writer and actor. Her comedy one-woman play Dirty Paki Lingerie has been performed globally including tours of the USA, Canada, UK (including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Pakistan, and Turkmenistan. In 2014, Aizzah was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater award for Outstanding Solo Performance. She is a co-founder of the South Asian International Performing Arts Festival. Her short film Stuff which she wrote and starred in along Annette O'Toole won the Best Comedy award at the Asians on Film Festival. Aizzah is currently developing a feature film based on characters from Dirty Paki Lingerie with Emmy award winning director Iman Zawahry. Previously, Aizzah has worked as a teacher, a Microbiologist, and at Google.

Imran Yusuf

Director

Imran Yusuf has been part of the international stand-up comedy scene for over 10 years and was the first person in the history of the world renowned Edinburgh Festival to be nominated for the Best Newcomer Award from the Free Festival scene in 2010. Imran regularly tours the world, playing all over the UK and as far as South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Europe and even performing in Hindi across India. Imran can be seen as a regular member of team-based topical comedy show; The Cutting Edge at The Comedy Store in London. More at www.imranyusuf.com

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