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Guz Khan

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Ghulam Dustgir “Guz” Khan is a British comedian, impressionist, and actor best known for his work in TV show Man Like Mobeen and stand up appearances in Live at the Apollo.

 

Khan is the youngest of three children, with two sisters who are ten and eleven years older than him. His father died when Khan was three. He is a Muslim of Pakistani Punjabi descent. Khan grew up on a housing estate in Hillfields, Coventry, and attended Stoke Park School. He graduated from Coventry University, and went on to teach Humanities at Grace Academy. In Sindhu Vee’s 2020 BBC comedy podcast Things My Mother Never Told Me, Khan talks about being raised in a South Asian community and his relationship to his mother.

 

Khan uploaded his first video to Facebook in 2014; in June of that year, he first performed on stage, opening for Aamer Rahman at Birmingham Repertory Theater. His second time on stage was at a comedy evening at the Library of Birmingham BBC Asian Network organized for Comic Relief, with Citizen Khan. Khan performed under the stage name “Guzzy Bear”.

 

In June 2015, Khan made a short film Roadman Ramadan as part of the British Muslim Comedy series, five short films by Muslim comedians commissioned by the BBC to be released on BBC iPlayer. Khan’s sketch was a guide to Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting during daylight hours, which sees Khan’s character Mobeen guide his newly converted friend Trev through his first Ramadan. In July, Khan gave up his job as a school teacher to pursue a career in comedy after his YouTube clips went viral. In November, he featured in an episode of comedy web series Corner Shop Show.

 

In December 2015, Khan performed at BBC Asian Network’s Big Comedy Night in Birmingham, a special comedy night celebrating 50 years of Asian programmes on the BBC.

 

In February 2017, Khan appeared as Rocky in the romantic comedy film Finding Fatimah. He went on to play the rambunctious baggage handler Mo Khan in Borderline. He has also performed on the BBC2 stand-up show Live at the Apollo, in an episode aired on 31 December 2017, hosted by the comedian Henning Wehn.

 

In December 2017, Khan’s four-part BBC comedy series Man Like Mobeen was released on BBC iPlayer. Two more series of the show were produced, which were released on BBC iPlayer in 2019 and 2020. In 2019, Khan appeared alongside Idris Elba in the Netflix comedy show Turn Up Charlie, which premiered on 15 March 2019. In 2020, he appeared in Four Weddings And a Funeral, a miniseries created by Mindy Kaling that is a re-imagining of the original film.

 

In March 2019, Khan appeared as a guest on Hypothetical. In June 2019, Khan appeared in an advert for Walkers crisps alongside the Spice Girls, playing Dev, the group’s biggest fan. In September 2021, Khan appeared on the twelfth series of Taskmaster. In February 2022, Khan narrated the Peaky Blinders Ultimate Recap on BBC One. In March 2022, Khan appeared in the HBO Max series Our Flag Means Death. In April 2022, Khan appeared in the main cast on the film The Bubble.

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