Nabil Abdulrashid is an award-winning comedian, writer, presenter and actor.
Nabil recently competed in the 2020 series of Britain’s Got Talent, enjoying a triumphant run to the competition’s final, drawing praise from the show’s judges for his hilarious and uncompromising brand of stand-up comedy. Awarding Nabil the coveted ‘Golden Buzzer’ in the first round of the competition, Alesha Dixon praised his “edgy, charismatic” style while David Walliams described both his performance and writing as “perfect”. In a piece suggesting Nabil should have won the competition overall, the Sunday Telegraph described Nabil’s performance in the final as “urgent, uncompromising and refreshingly radical fare, smartly woven into a gag-packed set.”
Before appearing on BGT, Nabil had already carved out a unique, exciting and varied career in UK and international comedy. Within a year of starting to perform, he had already written, starred in and directed his own sketch show on Channel U and was also joint winner of the Which Religion Is Funniest? competition, judged by UK comedy legends Omid Djalili and David Baddiel. Triumphing over a number of more experienced comedians in the final of the latter, Nabil won the opportunity to perform at London’s prestigious Hammersmith Apollo, becoming the youngest ever black stand-up to do so. Nabil has also previously been a finalist in the renowned New Act Of The Year and Laughing Horse stand-up comedy competitions and in 2020 won Joe.co.uk’s TV Comedian of the Year award.
Nabil’s hilarious takes on global politics and multicultural society as well as his incorporation of multiple languages within his stand-up has also seen him build an international following, performing sold-out shows in Tanzania, South Africa, Dubai (headlining the Dubai National Opera’s first ever stand-up show), Holland, Austria and Belgium. Nabil has also toured the UK with his show BRAP (Black Racist And Proud). In 2020, one of Nabil’s performances was chosen as one of the Guardian’s 10 Best Comedy Shows of that year. His new show, N.A.B.I.L. (Nobody Actually Believed I’d Last), will tour in 2021.
Nabil also co-hosts his own podcast, I Am Not Your Bilal, which is available to stream on Spotify.
Finalist: Britain’s Got Talent 2020 Finalist: Comedy Knights Comedian Of The Year 2015 Finalist: Laughing Horse New Act 2014
Finalist: New Act Of The Year 2013 Winner: Joe.co.uk TV Comedian of the Year 2020
Winner: Which Religion Is Funniest? 2010
Richard Osman’s House Of Games (BBC2, TX date tbc)
Mel Giedroyc: Unforgiveable (Dave, TX date tbc)
Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains (Comedy Central, TX date tbc)
Steph’s Packed Lunch (C4, 2021)
Celebrity Masterchef (BBC1, 2021)
Funny Festival Live (BBC2, 2021)
Britain’s Got Talent (Finalist, ITV, 2020)
A fresh comic voice… unapologetically funny The Sunday Telegraph
His set – edgy, thoughtful, beholden to no one – raised the roof The Guardian (10 Best Comedy Shows of 2020)
He’s the star by a wide margin… animated by a sardonic intelligence and sharp eye for the absurdities of racial discourse The Guardian
Defiant and fearless The Metro
Hilarious The Radio Times
Absolutely brilliant, a breath of fresh air Alesha Dixon
Too funny. A really refreshing comic voice David Walliams