The dust has just settled on our fourth side-splitting Super Muslim Comedy Tour in aid of Penny Appeal’s transformative education programmes around the world.
The Super Muslim Comedy Tour began in 2015 as an effort to reframe our narrative by telling our own stories and championing the talent within our communities. It’s truly an honour to see the standard of comedy on stage improve year-on-year, with many of the acts we have worked with – and still work with today – now breaking into the mainstream and shaking things up in the entertainment industry.
It’s no secret that British Muslims are among the most discriminated communities in the UK, and with the rise of Islamophobia our community is one that often feels marginalised and under threat. Conscious of this context, and as a charity committed to innovation and sustainability, we shape our fundraising efforts in ways that enable us to give something back to our donor communities. The medium of comedy is the perfect choice: it encourages a unique kind of healing while also recognising the privilege we have to be able laugh together in a safe space while so many around the world, and here in the UK, are not so fortunate.
The sold-out 10-city tour brought together a range of diverse comics who teased us with reflections on the quirky particulars of the Muslim experience. Growing up in the media and on TV, I was never able to fully identify with the characters and storylines that were presented to me. When Muslim characters and stories did make their way on-screen, it was almost always a negative portrayal.
There is of course more to Muslims than taxi drivers and terrorists, and our brilliant comics dazzled us with hilarious stories and musings on everything from Biriyani to Brexit. At the same time, we were able to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for our Education First campaign, helping to open new schools so more children can learn to build brighter futures.
Supporting the creative arts has become a hallmark for Penny Appeal, and our teams are already hard at work for our next tour, The Great Muslim Panto, back by popular demand with 20 incredible performances lined up across the country. We can’t wait!
Did you catch any of the performances while we were on tour? Who was your best act? Share your reflections in the comment section and God Willing we will see you on our next tour!