"To be part of a Silk Road audience is to be entertained -- and educated. It's never a bad thing when good work also leaves one better informed. I had to view "Ultra American: A Patriot Act," the one-man show from American Muslim comedian Azhar Usman to learn, for example, that there are less than 16 million Jews on the planet...I should have wept over this revelation but I was too busy laughing at Usman's description of growing up in Skokie, attending so many bar mitzvahs that he became jealous of the "chosen" people. The man labeled "America's Funniest Muslim" by CNN also manages to turn a life spent profiled by airport security and fellow passengers into a laugh riot."
"...Usman begins his ninety-minute set with an inquiry any person of color can attest to having heard: "Where are you from?" That the question has been derided and parodied past the point of exhaustion by every comedian, commentator and Instagrammer, yet still retains its relevance is a testament to its centrality in the problem of the American mythos: How can a nation founded on ideals of liberty, justice and equality account for its empirical manifestations of disenfranchisement, corruption and discrimination?"