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Un-American: A Patriot Acts

  • The WIP Theater 6670 N Northwest Hwy Chicago, IL, 60631 United States (map)

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*** ONE NIGHT ONLY!!! ***

"Un-American : A Patriot Acts"
(starring comedian Azhar Usman)
(directed by Dwayne Kennedy)

Rand Paul doesn't like Azhar Usman. Or, more specifically, he doesn't like the fact that the U.S. Department of State once paid him to tour India as a cultural ambassador. Despite being born and raised in the United States––and playing the role of cultural diplomat as an American artist––Usman has been called "suspicious," "dangerous," and "Un-American." He was recently visited at his home by the FBI. 

Muhammad Ali. Albert Einstein. Malcolm X. Noam Chomsky. Lucille Ball. (Yes, from "I Love Lucy"). What do these iconic Americans all have in common? They were all–at one time or another–denounced as "Un-American" by the proverbial powers that be. 

"Un-American" is Usman's newest creative project. The Chicago-based standup comedian's one-man show is an exploration of the tensions and paradoxes surrounding national, cultural, and religious identity in an ever-polarizing world. The show is certainly funny, but also packs a serious intellectual firepower. It is NOT INTENDED for audiences who are easily offended, nor those uninterested in having their beliefs and biases questioned.

CNN called Usman "America's Funniest Muslim," and Georgetown University identified him as "one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World." In 2010, standup icon Dave Chappelle–for whom Usman has opened over 40 times–commented "Azhar Usman is untouchable." As the co-founder of the international comedy showcase "Allah Made Me Funny," he has toured over 20 countries on five continents. His comedy has been profiled/reviewed by over 100 major world media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, BBC, The Guardian, NPR, TIME Magazine, Al-Jazeera, USA Today, and Fox News.

Tucker Millett (MC); Prateek Srivastava (Guest); Felonious Munk (Feature); and other guest comics.



SHOWTIMES: 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The WIP Theater
6670 N. Northwest Highway
Chicago, IL 60631
Box Office: 312-692-9327 

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