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Sami Shah

Comedian, Writer and Broadcaster, Sami Shah has been profiled in the New York Times and ABC’s Australian Story, and appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Asian Network, TEDx, The Project, and the Soho Theatre.

Sami wrote and performed a 2-part series for BBC Radio 4 – A Beginner’s Guide to Pakistan, and appeared as a panelist on QI with Stephen Fry.

Sami won the award for Best Local Act at the 2013 Perth International Comedy Festival, and Best WA Comedy at 2016 Fringe World.

His autobiography, I, Migrant, has been nominated for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, and the Russell Prize for Humour Writing.

Sami produces a weekly podcast, Sami Says. He has written columns for Fairfax Media, the Brisbane Courier Mail, SCOOP Magazine, and many other publications, and is a frequent contributor on ABC RN.

Photographer: Nicole Cleary


Sami Shah was fantastic! He was well received by the students and staff who provided very positive feedback. Sami’s address was well targeted and inspiring. Sami Shah is definitely a keynote that we hope to have along again for future events.

—A. Terry, Diversity Programs Officer, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne March 2018

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