Aatif Nawaz is an award-winning British-Pakistani television presenter and stand-up comedian. He has also won acclaim for his acting, filmmaking, radio presenting and writing.
In 2014, Aatif performed his debut solo 60 minute comedy show ‘Talk Roti To Me’ in front of 4 sell out crowds at the iconic Leicester Square Theatre in London.
This was followed up by Aatif’s critically acclaimed ‘Muslims Do It 5 Times A Day’ comedy show which played to 11 sell-out audiences in London’s West End. The show was also Aatif’s debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 and was attended by over 1800 people. Popular with critics and audiences, the show then toured the UK as well as a sold out show at the 2016 Leicester Comedy Festival.
In 2016, Aatif debuted ‘AATIFicial Intelligence’, a brand new comedy show reflecting on his experiences of appearing on Channel 4, writing for the Guardian and other dalliances with mainstream media. The show’s performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and it’s subsequent UK tour earned unanimously strong reviews from critics and audiences. He ended the year with a UK Comedy Tour in aid of the charity Human Appeal that raised over 2 million pounds from it’s 25 shows in 20 cities.
In 2017, Aatif made his BBC Radio 4 presenting debut with ‘Clockface’, a programme focused on the history of time. He will also be debuting a brand new comedy show called ‘The Last Laugh’ at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Since 2014, Aatif has been a regular presenter for the popular lifestyle programme ‘Living The Life’ on the Islam Channel. He has made recurring appearances on BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 5 Live as well as being a panellist on BBC Two’s Newsnight programme. He featured on Channel 4’s ‘What British Muslims Really Think’ documentary and began contributing columns to The Guardian.
A trained actor, Aatif has featured in notable roles in Mark Austin’s Real Crime and Peep Show. As a bilingual actor, Aatif has also appeared in the Urdu-language series Lehrein and the film Majboor. He also wrote, directed and starred in the Urdu television series ‘Bahir Waalay’.
In 2012, Aatif won an Honourable Mention Laural at the Los Angeles Movie Awards for his documentary Postcards from Lahore. The film also holds the distinction of being the only Pakistani film to be screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
His work on The Aatif Nawaz Show and ‘Living The Life’ earned him two nominations for MOMO (Music of Muslim Orientation) Awards for Best Television Presenter and Best TV Show.