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Fear of a Brown Planet in SG - August 2010

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Award-winning Australian standup comedians Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain were in Singapore tackling topics like politics, immigration and race head-on. This is a little feature on their visit to SG done by J-Star (Joyce Tan) In the days of the monarchy, it was the court jester's sole license to give bad news or harsh advice to the king; to say things anyone else would have been beheaded for. This tradition has continued today, stand up comedians get to to say offensive things no one else could get away with --provided they are funny enough. That should give you an indication of how funny Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain, two Indian Muslims from Australia, are. There are few ways to offend people more quickly than to talk about issues of race and religion. Living in a country far more racist and religiously intolerant than Singapore, these two young men have often felt like aliens from a brown planet, yearning for acceptance and understanding amongst a white dominated society. But Aamer and Nazeem have found a place for themselves among the fools and lunatics of standup comedy, a place where they can tell audiences just what being from the brown planet is like. In 2008, they debuted at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with their show Fear Of A Brown Planet, and were awarded the Best Newcomer Award. The men brought their hit show to Singapore, for only two nights, August 6th and 7th 2010 at Stereolab, Singapore