Filmed in Melbourne and Sydney in front of a live audience, Salam Cafe looks at the funny side of life as an Australian Muslim today. Hosted by Ahmed Imam, its regulars will include journalist and counter-terrorism expert Waleed Aly and Susan Carland (pictured). Encouragingly it is produced by Ted Robinson and Pamela Swain (Good News Week).
As with Newstopia, the series has a quick turnaround from shooting to airing, allowing the show to remain topical. Next week Dave Hughes is guest on the show. You can see a sneak peek here.
Salam Cafe premieres 10pm Wednesday on SBS.
On May 7th at 10pm, SBS will screen the first episode of the new comedy-panel show, Salam Cafe, which features young Australian Muslims discussing the humorous side of current issues with sketches from award winning comedians as well as weekly guest interviews.
Filmed in Melbourne and Sydney in front of a live audience, Salam Cafe offers the audience a compelling look at the funny side of life as an Australian Muslim today.
Regular panellists include esteemed host Ahmed Imam, journalist and counter-terrorism expert Waleed Aly and the multi-talented Susan Carland.
Also joining the team, straight from the comedy festival tour of their show Fear of a Brown Planet are Nazeem Hussain and Aamer Rahman who write and create sketch characters like Uncle Sam – a rumbustious tunic-wearing Muslim uncle, and Fatima “Teems” – the frustrated Muslim teenager who always has issues with her dad.
Nazeem Hussain is also the resident barista of Salam Cafe and the show’s roving reporter, covering local events and giving the people a voice in the regular segment – Salam Cafe 2 Go!
Ahmed Hassan, an eye surgeon whose mission is to save everyone’s sight so that they can watch Salam Cafe, Dakhylina Madkhul and Toltu Tufa complete the on camera team.
Ted Robinson and Pamela Swain (Good News Week) will produce the series.
The series is based on the Antenna Award winning program of the same name which previously aired on Community Television in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.