“… a very funny comedian.” – BBC London

“… Birmingham’s latest great comedian.” – BBC Birmingham

“… Very funny… I had tears in my eyes.” – Bolton FM

“… a rising star.” – Fionnuala Bourke, Birmingham Mail

“… one of the bad boys of British comedy… bold, sharp-tongued social commentary.” – Edge Magazine

“…Jay has certainly exploded onto the scene… but along with the very evident talent also comes a notoriety normally associated with rock stars!” – Huffington Post USA

“… from his material to his stage presence to his handling of the audience to his natural charisma to his improv, the man is a comedy genius.” – World of Comedy

“… probably the most controversial new comedian on the scene.” – Black Country Radio

“… really connected with the crowd… made them laugh and think.” – Lee Tommo, Fallout Comedy

“… a star of the future.” – Stephen Watson, Laughing POD Comedy

“… took the room to the peak of disgust, and then sent them away full of love… love his material and his social commentary.” – Dave Graves, Luton Culture

” … proof that risky, controversial humour doesn’t need to sacrifice intelligence… they didn’t want him to put the mic down.” – Andy Fowler, Fowl Humour

“… an audience favourite… sails close to the wind… he won the audience over straight away and I must admit had some pretty good material.” – Martin Mullaney, Cheeky Monkey Comedy Club

“… always a pleasure… I love Jay Islaam… book this guy!” – Jason Cooke, Comedy Balloon

“… was worried he would be a nutter… relieved to find out he was very good.” – Joe Bromehead, Love Comedy

“… closed the night in style… delivered an intelligent, structured set with something in it for pretty much everyone… it was a joy to see him again.” – Peter Fox, Nottingham Evening Post

“… Outstanding… be hasty in returning to us.” – Sarma Woolf, TNT Comedy 

“… put simply… he stole the show.” – Teknicolour Smoof

“… witty satire.” – Reckless Comedy

“… quality… he was on top form… ripped the roof off.” – Adam Rushton, A Rush of Laughter Comedy Club

“… he was amazing… simply brilliant… book this man now!”  – Paul Henry, LOL Comedy

“… Jay Islaam was so funny.” Martin Besserman, Monkey Business

“… Controversial, witty and smart.” – Foxlowe Arts

“… Jay Islaam is a classic talent.” – Rudi Lickwood

“… the audience loved him, so I didn’t.” – Ian Cognito

“… he’s just not funny.” – Jason Manford

“… arrogance masquerading as humility.” – A Croydon Comedy Promoter (who asked not to be named)

“… Disgusting, vile, uneducated, racist, pig fat… U spread nothing but hatred.” – Nabila, Atlantis Events

“…the only gag people want to see you do is when you’re in an orange jumpsuit in Hotel Guantanamo and gagging on a wet cloth in your mouth.” – Fawzi AC, Arab comedian

“… fat paki poof…. big spastic ladyboy.” – Paul Savage, Cartoonist and Wastrel

“… Apologise to me… or I will sue you!” – Lembit Öpik, British politician



Award Achievement Organiser Date
Lastminute Comedian of the Year Finalist Lastminute Comedy Apr 2017
Best Midlands Comedian Finalist What's On magazine Feb 2017
Funhouse Comedy Champion Runner-up Funhouse Comedy Feb 2017
Arts and Culture Award Finalist British Muslim Awards Jan 2017
Honest Comedy Champion Finalist Honest Comedy Dec 2016
Colchester New Comedian 2016 Third Place Funny Farm Comedy Oct 2016
Yorkshire New Comedian 2016 Runner-up Stagefright Comedy Oct 2016
Asian Arts Award for Comedy Finalist Edinburgh Fringe Aug 2016
Comedy Gladiator of the Year Finalist Riproar Comedy Apr 2016
Untapped Comedy Award 2016 Finalist Rudi Lickwood Feb 2016
Best New Act 2016 Winner Moseley Comedy Festival Feb 2016
Best New Act 2015 Third place Hoofers Comedy Club Nov 2015
English Comedian of the Year 2015 Semi-Finalist Ha Ha Comedy June 2015
Comedy Gladiator of the Year Finalist Bath Comedy Festival Mar 2015
Funhouse Comedy Champion 2014 Runner-up Funhouse Comedy Nov 2014
Southport Festival New Comedian Award Finalist Big Comedy UK Oct 2014
Breakthrough Act 2014 Winner FAF Comedy July 2014
Joker Of The Year Award Runner-up Jokers! Comedy July 2014
Nando's Comedian of the Year Award Semi-Finalist Big Comedy UK July 2014
Last Mic Standing Finalists Propaganda Cardiff Mar 2014
Breakthrough Act 2014 Finalist West Midlands Comedy Awards Jan 2014



Achievement Competition Organiser Date
Winner Bubbles and Banter Queen's Head PPP Apr 2018
Runner-up Comic Relief Gong Teknicolour Smoof Mar 2017
Runner-up King Gong Comedy Store Nov 2016
Winner Honest Comedy Gong Rock The Atic Sept 2016
Winner Comedy Gladiators Riproar Comedy Sept 2015
Winner Sink or Swim Gong Hot Water Comedy May 2015
Runner-up Hoofers Got Comedy Talent FAF Comedy May 2015
Runner-up Bob Inn Comedy Competition Rolls-Royce Leisure Club Dec 2014
Winner Dog House Comedy Competition Complete Comedy Dec 2014
Winner Stand Up And Be Counted Bradford Student Central Nov 2014
Winner Comedy Gladiators Competition Sal Monello Nov 2014
Winner Cas Vegas Comedy Competition Bruce Dingerdik Nov 2014
Winner Survive The 5 Blitz Preston Nov 2014
Winner Club 2010 Gong Chester University Oct 2014
Winner Should I Stay… Gong Funhouse Comedy Sept 2014
Runner-up Custard Factory Gong Comedy Hut June 2014
Winner Bradford Comedy Gong Bradford Comedy Club April 2014
Winner Cow Bell Gong The Comedy Cow April 2014
Winner Moot House Competition FAF Promotions Mar 2014
Winner The Trap Door Gong CH1 Chester Feb 2014
Runner-up Winner Takes All Stagefright Comedy Feb 2014
Runner-up King Gong The Comedy Store Jan 2014
Winner Leicester Square Comedy Competition The OO Club Nov 2013
Winner Beat The Frog Frog and Bucket Oct 2013
Runner-up Rawhide Raw Rawhide Comedy Oct 2013
Winner Bleachworks Comedy Competition Fall Out Comedy Sept 2013