Sami Shah is a Pakistani stand-up comedian, writer and improvisational actor. Shah performed the first solo English-language comedy show in Pakistan.
He has had several tours across Pakistan, performing in theatre venues and colleges. Shah has also been a member of the improvisational comedy troupe “Black Fish”.
Stand up comedy
Shah performed his first solo show in Karachi, Pakistan on November 13, 2005. Titled, “Nobody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt”, it was aimed at raising funds for victims of the 2005 earthquake.
He then took the hour-long performance to Islamabad and Lahore, where he performed for colleges and the general public.
In 2006, he toured Pakistan with fellow comics Saad Haroon and Danish Ali, in what came to be called the 3-4-5 Tour. His most recent new hour of comedy was performed on 27 October 2007. Debuting in Karachi, he plans on releasing a DVD of the performance.
Shah’s style of comedy is often described as sarcastic and acerbic. He covers topics ranging from the Pakistani obsession with fair skin to cultural taboos, like child molestation. Some of his routines have concerned religion and his irritation with the way people behave because of it.
Shah joined “Black Fish” in 2003 and remained an active member till the troupe disbanded in 2006. While with the troupe, he co-wrote We’ve Made Contact, a half-improvised half-scripted original format play created for the British Council’s Connecting Futures Project which was performed in Manchester, England.
Shah has been writing articles for Pakistani magazines for several years, on a variety of subjects. His regular contributions as a music critic resulted in him being a judge for the prestigious Lux Style Awards. In more recent years he has written a series of articles about the lighter side of technology.
In July 2014, he published an autobiography, I, Migrant.
Shah lives with his wife and daughter in Australia.