If you are the person living as an Egyptian-Canadian of Muslim faith with a birthday falling on September 11th, it does feel that comedic irony on that level would dictate your future career choice. AND if you didn’t go on to call your debut stand-up comedy BORN ON 9/11, the regret would, most certainly, be unfathomable. I mean, come on, it practically writes itself! SALMA HINDY happens to have hit that irony lottery, but also, through a bit of that hard work and talent, has quickly risen through the ranks to open for greats like Ken Jeong, Maz Jobrani, Ramy Youssef, Beth Stelling, James Adomian, and, most recently, Chelsea Handler, whom she opened for on Handler’s Peoples Choice Awards Winning Tour, Vaccinated & Horny. Hindy is a graduate of the Stand UP Comedy program at Second City Toronto; has performed at JFL NorthWest, SF Sketchfest, Women in Comedy Festival, Chicago Women’s Funny Fest, and the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival; plus, appeared in the New Wave of Stand Up on CBC Gem. Salma has her own episode on True Dating Stories where she chronicles going on a blind date chaperoned by her Imam father (which you hear more about on the album). She also currently works in a writers’ room for Ramy Youssef’s Amazon original animated comedy series!
Hindy’s album, NOW OUT on Comedy Records, gives the audience a glimpse into Muslim culture through the comics’ self-deprecating anecdotes of family, dating and and religion. Some of the tales Salma brings the listener on the album include pulling back the veil on the daunting rigors of dating as a Muslim, showing the lighter side of dealing with mosque protestors, chronicling her hijab wearing (and not wearing) journey, illuminating the unaware on her hilarious, almost “reality TV” like, take on polygamy wives, and persuading a whole new crop bathroom attendees to appreciate the powers of the bidet. OK, fine, I know many of you already purchased one during great TP pandemic crisis, but you’ll still welcome the bidet humor! If you can get through this album without having a new appreciation for Salma’s dating trials, and her over-the-top attempt at a British accent, we believe you KNOW you are dead inside. Do yourself a favor, and pick up the album today (available on Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music and more). Salma will confide in you that she’s “not actually a comedian because” her “entire life is the joke,” but we can vouch that she is a true comedian through and through. Enjoy!
Mentions: “Born on 9/11” is currently available on Spotify, deezer, anghami, Apple Music, Amazon and Amazon Music. Follow Salma on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube. Appreciate more humor at Comedy Records. Album cover designed by @tayelshahzad.