A new star is born in the good ole US of A!
Zehra Fazal, a folk-rock artist from Washington DC, frequently hits the stage with her "Headscarf and the Angry bitch" show, described as a tongue-in-cheek exploration of faith, love, sex and what it means to grow up as a Muslim in America.
With her weird facial expressions and hilariously antagonizing acts like "The only thing I'll do five times a day is you" and "I lost my virginity during Ramadan", no wonder critics dubbed her "The Muslim Weird Al".
Surprisingly though, as liberal and thought provoking as she is, she's been featured on Iranian TV, but there has been little media coverage on her show here in the US, despite the fact that it's one of the hottest tickets, selling out all over town in DC.
DC Theatre Scene shares a little bit about the show:
An ambiguously shaped stick puppet of Muhammed makes a memorable cameo appearance, along with a plastic alarm clock shaped like a Mosque that sporadically and terrifyingly caterwauls throughout the show.
The show’s highlights, however, are its songs. Oh yes, what satire would be complete without tongue-in-cheek parodies played on an acoustic guitar in a Flight of the Concords-esque style? Musical highlights from the show include, but in no way are limited to, “The Only Thing I’d Do Five Times a Day Is You” and a Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal parody that had half the audience hyperventilating.
This one woman show is sharp, entertaining, and polished. Once Fazal’s clarion voice bursts out from behind her hijab, you cannot take your eyes off her – she’s charismatic and possesses a spastic, almost frantic energy that is endearing and painfully hilarious all at the same time. At a time when political correctness is cropping up in epidemic proportions, Headscarf and the Angry Bitch is a delightful reminder that sometimes there’s no haraam in laughter.
You can also follow Zehra Fazal on Facebook if you wish