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Comedian Azhar Usman comes to Bernhard Center

March 23, 2006

KALAMAZOO--American-Muslim comedian Azhar Usman brings his acclaimed transethnic and intercultural humor to the Bernhard Center Ballroom at Western Michigan University at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 31. Usman's performance will be followed by a Pakistani style dinner, after which Pakistani students will entertain the audience with classical Pakistani and South Asian music.

Presented by the Pakistan Students Association of WMU, the program is free to WMU students and $10 per person for all others. Reservations are required by March 30 and may be made by writing to rso_pak@wmich.edu. Seating is limited, and those interested in attending are encouraged to make reservations soon.

Usman co-founded "Allah Made Me Funny-The Official Muslim Comedy Tour" in 2004 with fellow Muslim comedian Preacher Moss, a 21-year industry veteran and former writer for "Saturday Night Live" and "The George Lopez Show," among others.

Usman and the tour have been profiled or featured in more than 100 major world media, including the New York Times, TIME, Newsweek and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." In 2005, Usman was interviewed on NPR's "All Things Considered" and was the subject of an entire episode of ABC News' "Nightline."

A frequent performer at universities throughout the United States, Usman also has appeared in theatre halls and auditoriums around the world, as well as North America's top comedy clubs, including Zanies in his hometown of Chicago.

More information about the Pakistan Students Association and the March 31 program are available at www.rso.wmich.edu/psa.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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