Alesha Dixon’s Britain’s Got Talent golden buzzer act Nabil spent 15 months in jail for drug offence – The Sun
ALESHA Dixon’s Britain’s Got Talent golden buzzer act is a reformed con.
Comic Nabil Abdulrashid, 34, wowed fans on Saturday’s show with his jokes about being a Muslim in Britain.
Judge Alesha told him: “You are edgy, charismatic. I loved it.”
Nabil spent 15 months in jail for a 2005 drug offence. But Nabil now helps other vulnerable youths and the homeless to keep them on the straight and narrow.
Nabil, who has helped raise over £2million for charity, said: “I found myself in the wrong crowd.
“I was still quite young, much younger than the people I was around and what I thought was friendship was really me being pushed to do stuff that I didn’t want and shouldn’t do and I ended up making mistakes that sent me to prison.
“It was a controlled substance charge. I had some stuff on me that I shouldn’t have had. I was naive at the time and also isolated, I was in a bad place and that’s the case for a lot of young people today.”
The married father-of-two admits he’s a rare commodiy being a Muslim comedian and appreciates his humour won’t be appreciated by all, especially some of his more offensive gags.
And he admits during his early days on the stand-up circuit he used to run some of his material past the leader of his local mosque in Croydon, South London.
He says: “I would bounce ideas off my Imam. I would call him at weird times during the day and be like, ‘Hey, so, a Rabbi and a Imam walk into a bar…” and he’s like, “But why is the Imam in a bar?’.
Nabil is hoping BGT gives him the platform to become one of the UK’s top comedy stars.
However, he is braced for potential backlash surrounding his social media with some old outdated posts from his youth coming back to haunt him, plus his use of satire being misinterpreted.
He explains: “I use satire when I speak to ignorant, racist or homophobic people – because they don’t listen to rational.
"And sometimes my satire can be misinterpreted, especially if you aren’t accustomed with my type of comedy.
“There is some regret that I could have worded some things a bit better.
“Like most comedians I’ve no doubt offended people before and probably will in the future but it’s never been my intention.”
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