For the past two weeks our Duchamp Syndrome audiences have been treated to the post-show stand-up of two outstanding New York comedians, Jocelyn Chia and Anya Yovich and we’ve added Filipino comedian Ryan Puno to the series for Monday, June 1. This Monday, May 25 we’ll be joined by comedian and playwright Aladdin Ullah. Even if you can’t make it to the performance of The Duchamp Syndrome, we hope you’ll come by the Flea Theatre around 8:30 for some stand-up and to join the conversation between Aladdin and Antonio Vega.
Aladdin has been trailblazing the past two decades as one of the very first South Asians to perform stand-up comedy on national television, appearing on HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, BET and PBS, among other networks.
He became a series regular in the cult hit Uncle Morty’s Dub Shack which won several Telly awards for comedy and writing on IATV (Imaginasian TV). His voice was recently featured as the character of Hanuman in the critically acclaimed animated film- Sita Sings the Blues which won major awards at film festivals all over the world (Tribeca, Berlin, Toronto,etc ).
As inaugural member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, Aladdin developed DISHWASHER DREAMS: Is This America? at The Public Theatre’s New Works Now Festival, New York Theater Workshop, New York Stage and Film and Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre. Aladdin is the Indo-American Arts Council Playwright in Residence-Lark Play Development Center-NY. As a scholar and academic, Aladdin is a collaborator on the celebrated book and documentary film, Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America. Aladdin has performed/lectured on diversity and immigration nationwide including at such prestigious institutions as M.I.T, Harvard, Columbia University and New York University.
Listen to Aladdin on NPR talking about exploring the history of his old neighborhood, often referred to as “Bengali Harlem”, and about his play INDIO.