Azhar Usman jokes that he looks like “that guy from LOST. Not the Indian one, the fat one!” The Chicago comedian uses humor to poke fun at racial stereotypes, referencing his own life as the child of Muslim immigrants growing up in the then mostly Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois.
In March, Usman did an extended set in front of an intimate audience at Chicago’s Th!nk Art Salon
as part of their ongoing War & Peace exhibit. He performs regularly alongside a Rabbi/comedian in a show they’ve dubbed the Laugh in Peace Tour
Usman’s set took a surprisingly deep and personal turn when he shared a story about learning to parent four young sons who were inquisitive beyond their age. It's a variation on “kids say the darndest things,” only in this version, Usman’s son asks him to explain why God lets there be bad people in the world. Out of the mouths of babes.
Check out the audio excerpt posted above to hear how Usman handles questions he’s not ready to tackle. His approach will surprise you (and make you laugh).