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AATIF NAWAZ: AATIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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Venue:The Newsroom, 5 - 11 Leith Street Edinburgh EH1 3AT
Phone: 0131 557 5830
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: FREE ENTRY  
Room: The Downstairs Bar
AUG 4-28 at 20:45 (60 min)
 
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Lazy journalists beware! Aatif Nawaz returns to the Edinburgh Fringe and aims his gag-gun squarely at the buzzfeed generation. Shallow news, poor sources, irresponsible journalist and our scarily naive acceptance of this all come under fire as Aatif imparts some Aatificial Intelligence.

Daily Mirror Top 100 Jokes of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015

'A man with big ambitions - this is brave, important comedy' - Three Weeks

'Determined to debunk a few myths and trouble-shoot some reductive stereotypes' - The List

'Side Splittingly Hilarious' - EdFringe Review

'One of the bewildering array of stand-ups definitely worth your time' - Fringe Review

'You will laugh until it hurts' - Mumble Comedy

'A fine gag comedian that excels at interacting with the crowd' - Spiked Comedy


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August 25, 2016  Edinburgh Festival Magazine
Review for Aatif Nawaz: Aatificial Intelligence
In his latest one-man show Aatificial Intelligence, British Pakistani comedian Aatif Nawaz is an engaging and charismatic presence, which results in an easygoing and fluid audience interaction.

The show centres on the worst advice Nawaz has ever received. However, he also touches on a variety of issues, the two most prominent being how he is often recruited by the media as a representative for the Muslim community and the effect of marriage on his relationship with his wife.

Aside from one over-extended section on American stereotypes, Nawaz manages to effectively cover multiple tangents within his show whilst keeping the audience laughing.

Aatificial Intelligence is a consistently hilarious show that is a must-see if you are looking for comedy in this final week of the Fringe.

Words: Adam Thornton

Aatif Nawaz: Aatificial Intelligence, The Newsroom, 23-28th August, 8.45pm Click Here

August 24, 2016  Three Weeks
Review for Aatif Nawaz: Aatificial Intelligence
Aatif Nawaz is a man on a mission with ‘Aatificial Intelligence’, not to promote cybernetics but to teach people how to say his name right. But beyond improving our Pakistani pronunciation, Nawaz’s comedy exposes the bias and assumptions he deals with every day, in society and the media, in his role as soapbox Muslim, available for comment. Nawaz is a pro at putting his audience at ease, navigating what could be an old-fashioned, “where are you all from?” opener with real warmth. Though the show could be tighter, he tells stories with candour but without presenting them as ‘issues’. There is nothing controversial or scandalous in Nawaz’s show, but there are some good gags and great camaraderie.

Laughing Horse @The Newsroom, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Francesca Peschier] Click Here

August 24, 2016  Fringe Guru
Review for Aatif Nawaz: Aatificial Intelligence
The title Aatificial Intelligence is conceived, in part, as a handy guide to help Joe Public pronounce Aatif Nawaz’s name. A lot of people get it wrong. The show is about advice, journalism, stereotypes – and how a lot of people get those wrong too. And it’s also a show about being a Muslim, with all the people-getting-things-wrong that entails.

Nawaz is instantly likeable, with a big old smile and gently self-effacing nature. He begins by getting to know the audience – but in a way that quickly blows away the classic fear of participation, because it feels like we’re just hanging out with him in his living room. Him and his wife and some bus drivers. This is where the venue choice shows its worth, Nawaz having turned down a paid, name-in-lights slot in favour of staying closer to the more intimate spirit of the free Fringe.

Aatif paints a cheerful commentary on living in Britain as a Muslim, knowingly amplifying and poking fun at all the stereotypes. He draws particularly apt parallels and contradictions between the treatment of different faiths and lives, but he really excels in his light-hearted but damning critiques of the way the world twists and stretches the truth. See, for example in his Daily Mail headline generator segment, following onto his brief topical analysis of the recent London Mayoral election.

There are the obvious easy Brexit and Trump references, but he doesn’t let these steal focus. He does however sometimes toe a fine line of gratuitousness – with more than a couple of bomb jokes – and some parts of the show seem to rely a little too much on chatting to the audience. Occasionally it feels like Nawaz is trying to kill time, a pleasant time though it may be.

This is an enjoyable hour with a new old friend, in which we are drawn into a web of colourful anecdotes, observations, and exaggerations. Nawaz does a great job of lambasting all the common stereotypes by owning those stereotypes, and presenting them in bright comic light. Click Here

August 8, 2016  List

Aatif Nawaz takes issue with the way Islam is portrayed in the media. Following on from last year's Muslims Do it Five Times a Day, in which he sought to demystify his religion by making it acceptable to joke about it, this year's show follows in the same vein.

Playing to a crowd of Muslims and non-Muslims alike, he strikes a good balance between in-jokes and over-explaining, making sure that his comedy is accessible to all. Adept at blending his political material with tales of a propensity to get into scrapes, a Nawaz punchline has an equal chance of referencing Nando's or suicide bombers. His decision to go there has the effect of nullifying any tension or uncertainty in the room before it can arise so that just by being his charming, cuddly self, he is a great ambassador for British Muslims.

Making frequent reference to audience members, and asking them to participate in one section, his high-energy performance style drives an hour that can feel a little slight at times. But it's enjoyable while it lasts and hopefully he will be around to expand his repertoire for next year. Click Here

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