Episode 25: Fahim Anwar (From Hour Lunch Breaks to Hour Specials)

I interviewed Fahim Anwar! He is really cool and shares a ton of wisdom from his experience starting stand up in college (at UW) to becoming a Mechanical Engineer at Boeing in Long Beach to making it big in LA and getting an hour stand up special and, as of recently, an hour sketch comedy special! From his bio:

Fahim Anwar is a Los Angeles-based standup comedian, actor and writer. Formerly an aerospace engineer at Boeing, Fahim traded the cubicle for the stage and has never looked back. His parents however plead with him to look back nearly every day. “Is comedy worth throwing your life away for?” Fahim says, yes!

Off the momentum of his one hour special THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS, The New York Times listed Fahim as a “Most Promising Future Star.” He’s appeared on CONAN, LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS and performed at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. His recent FILM/TV credits include WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, NEIGHBORS, DRUNK HISTORY, CARMICHAEL SHOW and SUPERIOR DONUTS to name a few. Currently, Fahim is serving as head writer and starring on a sketch show for Comedy Central with his comedy group (GOATFACE) which includes Hasan Minhaj from THE DAILY SHOW. It is slated to air sometime in 2018.

In this conversation we talk about:

  • Engineer to comedian
  • Sketch group “Goat Face” from YouTube to Comedy Central
  • Starting out in Seattle and getting a ton of stage time
  • Establishing yourself in a bigger scene
  • Editing and becoming great
  • Changing comedy landscape
  • Getting yourself to write

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