'Sorry for Pauline Hanson' fans tell comedian
NAZEEM Hussain says his Queensland fans often apologise to him for Pauline Hanson's views regarding his religion.
The Muslim comedian, who will perform at Brisbane Comedy Festival in March, told Confidential it was common for locals to approach him post-show to distance themselves from the Queensland senator's outspoken views against Islam.
"When I do shows in Queensland, people will come up and apologise for Pauline and condemn her views and distance themselves from that world," he said.
The stand-up star, who also featured in last year's season of Channel 10 reality show I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!, had previously put a call out on social media for fans to bring Senator Hanson along to one of his shows on March 16 and 17.
"If she actually showed up, I would bring her on stage," he said.
Hussain revealed that he had once dressed up as the One Nation leader for one of his earliest performances as a child.
"I was in grade six and I wore a wig and everything," he said, with a laugh.
The popular Melbourne-based comedian is currently expecting his first child with wife Shaheeda Abdulla and told Confidential he would have his phone on him "at all times" during Brisbane Comedy Festival.
"It's possible that it could happen in that time bracket," he said.
"I'll be wondering if I've become a dad while I'm on stage.
"Maybe I should have my phone screen set up through a projector so I can see (if my wife goes into labour) but probably the only messages I would get would be discounts from Deliveroo.
"I've been wondering what I'd do if I did get that text, would I leave?"
Hussain said he had gathered with some of his former I'm A Celebrity co-stars, including Dane Swan, to watch the first episode of the current season.
"For that first 10 or 15 minutes I had a bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) because it seems so exciting," he said.
"But the memories of the reality came flooding back to me.
"It's fun to watch celebrities getting tortured but it's not fun doing it."
The funny man said his reputation for having a weak gag reflex during food challenges had stuck with him.
"Kids come up to me now and look me in the eyes and pretend to throw up," he said.
"And even that makes me want to gag - it is horrible."