Jamali Maddix’s comedy career kicked when he won the 2014 Chortle Student Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then Jamali’s star has risen in the world of comedy culminating in a recent appearance on BBC’s Live At The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats, as well hosting a documentary on extremism titled “Hate Thy Neighbour” (2016) in partnership with Vice, wherein he interviews extremists from around the world to understand how they think.
With an assured stage presence and considered material that comes from a fresh perspective, he already has the aura of a successful comic well beyond his years.
His natural confidence and charm allow him to tread gracefully across more sensitive topics leaving many of his contemporaries behind.
In his first two years of performing Jamali won the Comedy Café New Act of the Year Competition and the Chortle Student Comedy Award – all while making it look effortless.
Jamali has a plethora of gigs under his belt – he plays the Comedy Store and toured with them in the Middle East. In June 2015 he supported Jim Jefferies before a 3,500 strong Hyde Park audience. His debut hour at the Edinburgh Fringe was a total sell out and received rave reviews.
He has also done a plethora of TV shows including The John Bishop Show, Live at the Apollo, and 8 out of 10 Cats. Jamali also became one of the faces for the new Viceland TV channel with his own series “Hate Thy Neighbor”.
Chortle editor Steve Bennett said: ‘Jamali wowed the crowd last night with his engaging energy, playfully challenging everyday racism, which won him the title ahead of some tough competition”