Humza Arshad

Comedian / Actor / Writer

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From creating one of Britain’s most watched comedy channels out of his bedroom to being labelled “the most influential British Asian of his generation”, Humza Arshad has become one of the UK’s most popular and important British Asian talents and personalities.

After graduating in drama from the famous Richmond Drama School and being taught by BAFTA winner, Tom Hardy, Humza quickly realised the number of roles available for a British Pakistani were both limited and predominantly stereotypical. Deciding to take matters into his own hands Humza saved up his earnings from working in his father’s school uniform store and bought himself a camera. In December 2010 Arshad wrote, directed and edited an episode called ‘Diary of a Badman’, based on a hapless twenty something year old male determined to prove his street credentials only to learn a moral lesson at the end of the episode. Uploading it to YouTube and going on holiday straight after, Humza returned to find the episode had hit one million views within ten days thrusting him into the spotlight as one of the most exciting new talents in British comedy. Fast forward to 2017 and over 95 million views later, Humza became the first British Asian to have his own scripted comedy series on BBC Three playing ‘Gentleman Documentarian’ Ahmed Armstrong in the mockumentary series ‘COCONUT’ also starring Nina Wadia. Humza finished 2017 off on a merry high starring in the SKY COMEDY Christmas short HUMZA ARSHAD’S CHRISTMAS JUMPERS featuring Mo Gilligan and Emily Atack. 

2018 has seen Humza exercising his writing talents as he signed a two book deal with Penguin Random House to release the LITTLE BADMAN series. The first release, LITTLE BADMAN AND THE INVASION OF THE KILLER AUNTIES will on shelves on WORLD BOOK DAY in March 2019. Books aside, Humza has been in development with scripted collaborations with BAFTA winner Jolyon Rubinstein and Ashley Walters respectively.

As much as Humza enjoys making his fans laugh, equally important to him has been using his influence and comedy for a greater purpose. In 2015, Humza partnered with UK Counter Terrorism Unit and created the most successful anti-radicalisation programme to date carrying out workshops in schools in at risk areas reaching over 80,000 students across 120 schools. The programme was covered by the worlds leading media receiving coverage in Newsweek, New York Times, CBS News, The One Show, The Times, Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed with Washington Post labelling Humza as “Britain’s greatest hope against ISIS for the hearts and minds of Young Muslims”. Humza’s efforts caught the attention of YouTube who made Humza their first ambassador for the Creators For Change campaign, an initiative dedicated to amplifying the voices of role models who tackle difficult social issues, helping to combat hate speech, counter xenophobia and extremism and make the case for greater tolerance and empathy toward others. With today’s current political and cultural climate, these issues have never been more relevant with Humza now standing as one of the most in demand public speakers having spoken and shared the stage with the likes of Will Smith, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcikci, Kevin Hart and Whoopi Goldberg.

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From creating one of Britain’s most watched comedy channels out of his bedroom to being labelled “the most influential British Asian of his generation”, Humza Arshad has become one of the UK’s most popular and important British Asian talents and personalities.

After graduating in drama from the famous Richmond Drama School and being taught by BAFTA winner, Tom Hardy, Humza quickly realised the number of roles available for a British Pakistani were both limited and predominantly stereotypical. Deciding to take matters into his own hands Humza saved up his earnings from working in his father’s school uniform store and bought himself a camera. In December 2010 Arshad wrote, directed and edited an episode called ‘Diary of a Badman’, based on a hapless twenty something year old male determined to prove his street credentials only to learn a moral lesson at the end of the episode. Uploading it to YouTube and going on holiday straight after, Humza returned to find the episode had hit one million views within ten days thrusting him into the spotlight as one of the most exciting new talents in British comedy. Fast forward to 2017 and over 95 million views later, Humza became the first British Asian to have his own scripted comedy series on BBC Three playing ‘Gentleman Documentarian’ Ahmed Armstrong in the mockumentary series ‘COCONUT’ also starring Nina Wadia. Humza finished 2017 off on a merry high starring in the SKY COMEDY Christmas short HUMZA ARSHAD’S CHRISTMAS JUMPERS featuring Mo Gilligan and Emily Atack. 

2018 has seen Humza exercising his writing talents as he signed a two book deal with Penguin Random House to release the LITTLE BADMAN series. The first release, LITTLE BADMAN AND THE INVASION OF THE KILLER AUNTIES will on shelves on WORLD BOOK DAY in March 2019. Books aside, Humza has been in development with scripted collaborations with BAFTA winner Jolyon Rubinstein and Ashley Walters respectively.

As much as Humza enjoys making his fans laugh, equally important to him has been using his influence and comedy for a greater purpose. In 2015, Humza partnered with UK Counter Terrorism Unit and created the most successful anti-radicalisation programme to date carrying out workshops in schools in at risk areas reaching over 80,000 students across 120 schools. The programme was covered by the worlds leading media receiving coverage in Newsweek, New York Times, CBS News, The One Show, The Times, Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed with Washington Post labelling Humza as “Britain’s greatest hope against ISIS for the hearts and minds of Young Muslims”. Humza’s efforts caught the attention of YouTube who made Humza their first ambassador for the Creators For Change campaign, an initiative dedicated to amplifying the voices of role models who tackle difficult social issues, helping to combat hate speech, counter xenophobia and extremism and make the case for greater tolerance and empathy toward others. With today’s current political and cultural climate, these issues have never been more relevant with Humza now standing as one of the most in demand public speakers having spoken and shared the stage with the likes of Will Smith, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcikci, Kevin Hart and Whoopi Goldberg.

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EVICTION

Luca

Fully Focused Films

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COCONUT

Ahmed Armstrong

BBC Three

JUMPERS

Saj

Sky Arts

Film, TV & Theatre

From creating one of Britain’s most watched comedy channels out of his bedroom to being labelled “the most influential British Asian of his generation”, Humza Arshad has become one of the UK’s most popular and important British Asian talents and personalities.

After graduating in drama from the famous Richmond Drama School and being taught by BAFTA winner, Tom Hardy, Humza quickly realised the number of roles available for a British Pakistani were both limited and predominantly stereotypical. Deciding to take matters into his own hands Humza saved up his earnings from working in his father’s school uniform store and bought himself a camera. In December 2010 Arshad wrote, directed and edited an episode called ‘Diary of a Badman’, based on a hapless twenty something year old male determined to prove his street credentials only to learn a moral lesson at the end of the episode. Uploading it to YouTube and going on holiday straight after, Humza returned to find the episode had hit one million views within ten days thrusting him into the spotlight as one of the most exciting new talents in British comedy. Fast forward to 2017 and over 95 million views later, Humza became the first British Asian to have his own scripted comedy series on BBC Three playing ‘Gentleman Documentarian’ Ahmed Armstrong in the mockumentary series ‘COCONUT’ also starring Nina Wadia. Humza finished 2017 off on a merry high starring in the SKY COMEDY Christmas short HUMZA ARSHAD’S CHRISTMAS JUMPERS featuring Mo Gilligan and Emily Atack. 

2018 has seen Humza exercising his writing talents as he signed a two book deal with Penguin Random House to release the LITTLE BADMAN series. The first release, LITTLE BADMAN AND THE INVASION OF THE KILLER AUNTIES will on shelves on WORLD BOOK DAY in March 2019. Books aside, Humza has been in development with scripted collaborations with BAFTA winner Jolyon Rubinstein and Ashley Walters respectively.

As much as Humza enjoys making his fans laugh, equally important to him has been using his influence and comedy for a greater purpose. In 2015, Humza partnered with UK Counter Terrorism Unit and created the most successful anti-radicalisation programme to date carrying out workshops in schools in at risk areas reaching over 80,000 students across 120 schools. The programme was covered by the worlds leading media receiving coverage in Newsweek, New York Times, CBS News, The One Show, The Times, Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed with Washington Post labelling Humza as “Britain’s greatest hope against ISIS for the hearts and minds of Young Muslims”. Humza’s efforts caught the attention of YouTube who made Humza their first ambassador for the Creators For Change campaign, an initiative dedicated to amplifying the voices of role models who tackle difficult social issues, helping to combat hate speech, counter xenophobia and extremism and make the case for greater tolerance and empathy toward others. With today’s current political and cultural climate, these issues have never been more relevant with Humza now standing as one of the most in demand public speakers having spoken and shared the stage with the likes of Will Smith, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcikci, Kevin Hart and Whoopi Goldberg.