Bilal Zafar is a Stand up comedian, writer and actor.
He was nominated for Best Newcomer for his debut show; CAKES at the Edinburgh fringe 2016. He returned to the fringe in 2017 with a sell out run of his follow up show; BISCUIT which was also very well received.
New Act of the Year award winner Bilal joined the company of previous winners such as Stewart Lee, Ardal O’Hanlon, Joe Wilkinson and Linda Smith when he came top of the bill at the 2016 New Act of the Year Awards (previously the Hackney Empire new act of the year award). In 2015 he was the runner up at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year competition. He has appeared on BBC3, Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Asian Network, and has written for The Independent and the Guardian.
“witty and absorbing…highly entertaining. I look forward to whatever Zafar cooks up next”
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
“Delivers big laughs” Brian Logan, The Guardian
"fascinating and hilarious in equal measure"
Ian Jones, i-D
"A natural storyteller with a very likeable stage presence" ★★★★★ Patrick Dalziel, Shortcom
“Zafar really delivers on the absurdity of an escalating social media farce running in parallel with growing prejudice and tensions, joyously exposing the stupidity on all sides”
Ben Venables, The Skinny
“endearing, relaxed and naturally funny…hilarious”
Emily Phillips, EdFest Mag
2016 EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARDS - BEST NEWCOMER: NOMINEE
WINNER - New act of the year 2016
(previously Hackney Empire new act of the year)
Runner Up - Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the year 2015
Finalist - great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the year 2015