Azhar Usman, who has toured the world performing stand-up comedy and was recently hailed as "America's Funniest Muslim" by CNN, returns to his Chicagoland roots for the world-premiere of Ultra American: A Patriot Act. His upcoming performance will receive its premiere at Silk Road Rising Theatre in September and will run for a total of eighteen performances. Usman, a former Skokie attorney and graduate from Niles West High School, skewers issues of identity and race as a Muslim American Indian in his one-man show.
Usman, who now lives in Des Plaines, IL, describes growing up watching famous comedians like George Carlin and Richard Pryor with amazement when they tackled major topics in a way that was both funny and relevant. He thinks of Ultra American as his chance to "take what I really think and feel about a controversial subject and make it funny." The performance contains material about flying while Muslim, Donald Trump and the media's role in the rise of mainstream white supremacy, and even an incident where he was targeted for recruitment by two ISIS sympathizers in Amman, Jordan.