If laughter is a universal language, Urooj Ashfaq has emerged as a shining star on the comedy horizon, mastering the language like none other. Her meteoric rise culminated in a historic victory at the 2023 Edinburgh Comedy Awards, where she clinched the prestigious Best Newcomer Award for her debut show, Oh No! In a groundbreaking achievement, Urooj became the first Indian comic to ever win an award at the revered Edinburgh Comedy Awards, a testament to her extraordinary talent and comedic capabilities.

Urooj Ashfaq wins Edinburgh Comedy Awards


The Edinburgh Comedy Awards: A Coveted Honour

The Edinburgh Comedy Awards, established in 1981, have evolved into one of the most coveted accolades in the world of comedy. Each year, the awards honour the best comedy shows at the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Previous recipients of the Best Newcomer Award include comedy luminaries such as Tim Vine, Milton Jones, Tim Minchin, Sarah Millican, and Alex Edelman, all of whom have left an indelible mark on the comedy scene.

From Mumbai to London: Urooj’s Comedy Journey

Hailing from the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, Urooj Ashfaq ventured into the world of comedy with her debut performance earlier this year at London’s Soho Theatre. Her journey to stardom was not without its share of hard work and determination. Urooj first gained national recognition by making it to the finals of TLC’s “Queens of Comedy,” showcasing her innate talent and charismatic stage presence.

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Behind the Laughter: Urooj’s Writing Abilities

Urooj’s comedic journey was further enriched by her involvement in the sitcom “Die Trying,” where she contributed her sharp wit and comedic brilliance to the show’s success. However, it is on the stand-up stage where Urooj Ashfaq truly shines, captivating audiences with her unique brand of observational humour.

A legend’s favourite

Apart from winning the coveted honour, Urooj Ashfaq has also won compliments from a legend herself. The creative genius behind Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge attended Urooj’s show, Oh No and even complimented her work. Rather obviously, Urooj was star-struck and it is very evident from the photos she shared on her Instagram with the caption, “is it even possible to caption this????? Just look at my face, that’s the caption.”

Urooj’s Creative Process

For Urooj Ashfaq, comedy is not just a profession; it’s a passion deeply ingrained in her being. In various interviews, she has spoken about how witnessing exceptional comedic performances serves as a wellspring of inspiration for her own comedic endeavours. The art of making people laugh, according to Urooj, is not solely about external influences; it’s equally rooted in her own life experiences.

Urooj’s Journey

This dynamic blend of external inspiration and personal connection forms the cornerstone of Urooj’s writing and performances. Her ability to draw humour from everyday situations and relatable anecdotes resonates with audiences on a profound level. It’s this relatability that sets her apart and makes her comedy so universally appealing.

Urooj Ashfaq’s journey into comedy began long before she graced the stage. In one of her interviews, she fondly recalled how her knack for making adults laugh often diffused tricky situations and even punishments during her childhood. Little did she know that this innate talent would blossom into a flourishing career that sustains her livelihood. In a beautifully circular manner, the laughter she generates on stage becomes both the means and the end, showcasing the reciprocal nature of humour in her life.

The Art of Observational Comedy

As a performer, Urooj Ashfaq possesses a rare ability to transform ordinary situations into uproarious comedy. Her keen observational skills allow her to shine a comedic spotlight on the most mundane aspects of life, making the ordinary extraordinary. Whether she’s dissecting the quirks of human behaviour or offering a humorous take on contemporary issues, Urooj has an uncanny knack for finding humour in the most ordinary things. 

Connecting Through Laughter

One of the key reasons behind Urooj Ashfaq’s meteoric rise is her ability to connect with her audience on a personal level. Her comedy transcends cultural and geographical boundaries, appealing to diverse audiences from all walks of life. In a world that often seems divided, Urooj’s punchlines serve as a unifying force, bringing people together through the power of laughter.

As we celebrate Urooj Ashfaq’s historic victory at the 2023 Edinburgh Comedy Awards, we are reminded of the power of comedy to bridge divides, inspire, and uplift. Urooj’s journey is a testament to the fact that laughter knows no boundaries, and in a world that often seems divided, it is laughter that can bring us closer together. With her talent, charisma, and unique comedic perspective, Urooj Ashfaq is undoubtedly a rising star who has left an indelible mark on the world of comedy.