Alesha Dixon's BGT golden buzzer says 'racism will always affect what I do'
Britain’s Got Talent golden buzzer act Nabil Abdulrashid has told how ‘racism will always affect’ what he does as a comedian.
Nabil, from Croydon, had the entire judging panel in stitches during his first audition, especially Alesha Dixon who gave him her one and only golden buzzer.
The funnyman, who will perform in the fifth and final semi-final tonight, told Metro.co.uk how his race will always be part of his experience as a stand-up comedian.
‘Racism will always affect what I do,’ he began.
‘Since I started comedy, race has always been something I discuss, by definition, art is an expression and as a black man, who lives in London, it means race will always be a part of my experience.’
Nabil’s first performance on BGT was admittedly controversial, although he went on to add that people may get ‘offended’ by his material, but he loves to ‘break down barriers for certain topics’.
He continued: ‘When you make people laugh, you can talk about things you can’t at the dinner table or when you meet people at the office, comedy is the ultimate ice breaker.
‘That’s why good politicians stop their speeches with jokes. I like to talk about things that would be difficult to discuss in a regular conversation and I think that through comedy, I break down barriers for certain topics. I think that’s a gift I have had because on stage, I’m yet to offend anyone. ‘
‘If someone’s looking to be offended, anything will offend them,’ Nabil added.
‘You send a hungry lion into the woods, he will find food. But what I feel is that good comedy has always been stuff that’s close to the bone, that’s why we like Monty Python.’
Nabil, who has been a comedian for 11 years, hopes that his act in the semi-final will help people to ‘see the true meaning’ of what he is doing.
‘When I go to a comedy club, there are people from every walk of life, every age, every race, every religion sitting down and laughing side by side,’ he explained.
‘Many people will see my audition who probably would never have imagined that a Muslim could be a stand-up comedian.
‘That might be groundbreaking for some people. So, I understand some may get offended, but I can’t change that, I just hope that people grow to see the true meaning behind what I’m doing.’
Britain’s Got Talent continues Saturday 8pm on ITV.
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