‘I find funny things in dark places’
NAZEEM Hussain describes himself as a "weird guy" and has no problem being labelled the Aussie Muslim comedian.
"My angle is I am a comedian who is Muslim and I make jokes about white people, and Muslims too," the 31-year-old told News Corp after being eliminated from Channel Ten reality show I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!
"I make jokes about everything I find funny. My family is funny. My community is funny. Australia is funny. I find funny things in dark places. When things ordinarily make people sad, I find those things kind of funny. I am a weird guy, as are all comedians."
I'm A Celebrity is Hussain's most mainstream commercial TV endeavour in Australia, outside of his hit SBS series Legally Brown.
Internationally, Hussain's profile is on the rise thanks and he's been cast as a correspondent in Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves The World. He will tour his stand-up comedy in the UK and the US later this year.
"I don't know what is ahead, I just want to be doing funny things," he said. "If it is funny, I will do it, that is my rule. I am not someone who is a responsible human being so if it is an irresponsible pursuit of laughter then I will do it."
He added: "You often hear about people suddenly but you don't see the years they've spent chipping away. I've been doing this for a long time and this now seems to be a very exciting time and I don't take a minute of it for granted."
Meanwhile, Hussain refuted suggestions he was the most "windy" of celebrities in the jungle camp on I'm A Celebrity.
"I didn't fart the most but I would do a lot of farts and they were quite silent and deadly and then Dane would take the wrap, he's a footballer so he doesn't care."
On the personal front, Hussain and wife Shaheeda Abdulla would like to one day become parents.
"We've thought about it a lot," said Hussain, who lost 10.3kgs in the jungle and now weighs 68.5kgs. "We would love to have kids, we don't know when that might happen. I hope I'd be a good dad and if we don't have kids, we will adopt."
* The journalist is in South Africa as a guest of Channel Ten.