In 2010, Imran presented his debut solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show, ‘An Audience with Imran Yusuf‘, was part of the Laughing Horse Free Festival and it was Imran’s intention to develop his craft and material at the Fringe whilst at the same time keeping under the radar of the UK Comedy Industry and Press. However, word about the show got out and within a week Imran had gained the first of a collection of 5 star reviews, which led to him being nominated for Best Newcomer in the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 (He was the first performer from The Free Festival to be nominated in the history of the Awards). All of this whilst fasting between sunrise and sunset in observation of Ramadan.
Imran’s TV debut was also made shortly after the festival appearing on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show (BBC1) and the Edinburgh Comedy Fest (BBC3) broadcast in September 2010.
“Imran Yusuf’s show is an hour of cheek and charm that takes us briskly through the Asian comic’s early life, through to his life in Britain as a Muslim.” The Independent