“… a very funny comedian.” – BBC London
“… the man is a comedy genius.” – World of Comedy
“… one of the bad boys of British comedy… bold, sharp-tongued social commentary.” – Edge Magazine
“…very evident talent and a notoriety normally associated with rock stars!” – Huffington Post USA
Jay Islaam is a multi-award-winning comedian, writer and broadcaster from Birmingham who regularly performs at some of the biggest comedy clubs in the country. He also hosts his own weekly shows on several Midlands radio stations. And his podcast, The Comedy Cannon, regularly appears in the Top 50 of the Apple iTunes comedy chart.
You never quite know what you’re going to get with Jay Islaam. Will he be performing one of his outrageous and controversial comedy characters? Can we expect to see him perform a deadpan set of one-liners? Or will he be doing stripped down, angry, observational commentary about social and political issues.
In August 2014, he was to debut his controversial Racist Joke Show – an exploration of political correctness and the increasing popularity of far-right ideology – at Edinburgh Fringe as part of La Favorita Freestival. However, following pressure from venue sponsors, the show was cancelled a week before it was due to launch.
In 2016, he took his debut solo show, Travels With Autism, to festivals and venues across the United Kingdom.
(Jay founded the Midlands Comedy Awards in 2014, which recognises the leading comedians and clubs from the Midlands region of England.)