Past Event

Love & War: Is There Ever Time for Peace? A Performance and Conversation with Comedian Azhar Usman

Can humor change the world? Join us as we laugh and talk about war and peace with this special performance and conversation with comedian Azhar Usman. Co-founder of the wildly popular “Allah Made Me Funny—The Official Muslim Comedy Tour” and born and raised in Chicago to immigrant Muslim parents from Bihar, India, Usman is always interested in “waging peace through humor.”

Presented in partnership with Th!nk Art Salon, as part of their ongoing War & Peace exhibit.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made online, by email at or by calling 312.422.5580.

More about Azhar Usman
Azhar Usman i
s a Chicago-based standup comedian. He is the co-founder of “Allah Made Me Funny – The Official Muslim Comedy Tour” and has performed in over a dozen countries on five continents. Azhar and the Tour have been covered by over 100 major world media outlets. He has shared the stage with many of his favorite comedians including Dave Chappelle, Jim Gaffigan, Russell Peters, Todd Barry, and the late Mitch Hedberg. Azhar recently produced a concert/documentary project, Allah Made Me Funny – Live in Concert, a Kings-of-Comedy-style feature-length concert film. Additionally, he is the star and creator of Tinku’s World, a semi-scripted alternative web comedy show, and he is also developing a television show and a humor book project.

Azhar was born and raised in Chicago to immigrant Muslim parents from Bihar, India. Always interested in “waging peace through humor,” he regularly performs a Jewish-Muslim comedy show, “The Laugh in Peace Tour,” with comedian Rabbi Bob Alper, as well as a South Asian solidarity comedy show with fellow Indian comic Rajiv Satyal: “Make Chai Not War.” Azhar serves as a co-founding board member of The Nawawi Foundation, an Illinois nonprofit dedicated to contemporary Islamic research. He also serves as an Arts and Culture advisor to the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN) in Chicago. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Minnesota Law School. To find out more, visit Azhar online at and or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

More about War and Peace with
artists David Sheehan, David Gista and Todd Narbey
The dance between Sheehan’s brilliantly colored and textured canvasses of toy soldiers surrounding boxers juxtaposed with the ambiguous imagery of writing and icons in Gista’s papers, and Narbey’s underlying vision of war and peace, provide a platform for us to consider whether or not we will ever give peace a chance…

This event is presented by The Public Square and Th!nk Art an International Art Gallery & Policy Salon.

For more information, call 312.422.5580. 

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580. For parking locations near the facility, please visit