Gibran Saleem was born into a traditional Pakistani Muslim household in the US and grew up along the east coast of America. He started comedy while attending graduate school at New York University studying Psychology. While finishing his Master’s thesis on extroversion, Gibran slowly began performing on the side, and his obsession with comedy grew stronger and stronger. He was soon individually handpicked as an MVP nominee on the national TBS Rooftop Comedy College Competition, and was a 2-time recipient of the UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) diversity scholarship. Gibran is the only comedian ever to be selected as a finalist for both the Stand-Up NBC and NBC Late Night program, where he was 1 of 6 individuals hand-selected over 1,000 submissions.
Gibran has been featured on MTV, TV Land, Comedy Central, Popcorn Flix, PBS, CUNY TV, VOA, Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitan. He performed his stand-up television debut on Gotham Comedy Live for AXS TV, and was featured on Season 2 of Better Things on FX.
Gibran was also the focus of an international documentary on NHK TV called Asian Dreamers: Brown is Funny. He has toured nationally in festivals, colleges, and clubs across the country, and has also performed overseas in South Korea and Japan during a comedy tour for the troops.
Gibran is currently working on a short film that he wrote and created calledGibranistan, and will soon be launching his comedy-meets-positive-psychology podcast Everybody Fails. He is based in Brooklyn, NY, where he is a regular performer at clubs across the city as well as at the legendary Comedy Cellar.
This week he comes to CHQ as the third member of “The Laugh in Peace Tour” with Rabbi Bob Alper and Rev. Susan Sparks.
(Note: This biography was up-to-date as of the date of the lecture. Biographies are not updated over time.)