It’s not often you get offered cakes at a comedy night but that’s exactly what you can expect on Saturday.
Award-winning comedian Bilal Zafar has been tipped by many to be the next big thing on the UK comedy circuit, as his debut show Cakes has proved to be incredibly popular.
“My show is about a time my Twitter account was mistaken for a ‘Muslim only cake shop – @zafarcakes,’ he told the Observer.
“Some people got angry at me, which was quite funny.
“I played along until a lot more people around the world were very angry and it became unbelievable/hilarious.
“And they’ll be some free cakes for the people that aren’t scared to sit at the front.”
He revealed it was an ‘epiphany moment’, which took him into comedy.
Destined to be a scriptwriter, Bilal attended the University of Bolton from 2010 to 2013, where he worked day and night to not only achieve a degree, but to land a job at a TV company.
However, as time went on, he become disinterested and started to do small gigs to get a taste of stand-up.
Bitten by the bug, the then student decided to use his script ideas as content for his shows.
And following the saga surrounding his Twitter page, the comedian decided to focus Cakes on tackling Islamophobia, which has been praised by critics.
His recent rise to fame won him the NATYS (New Acts of the Year Show) Award last year.
“It is always nice to have a bit of validation and it does make me feel good about myself,” he said.
“I think confidence mainly comes from my belief in my material and the reaction I’m getting more than anything else. And I wanted to write comedy for TV and went to university to study screenwriting.
“It took a couple of years for me to realise that script writing isn’t a career you can just walk into.
“I realised that writing something and saying it on stage could be a much easier and fun way to do things.
“It was a genuine epiphany moment.”
When starting out as a comedian, Bilal worked as a care worker as well as a salesman.
“If I ever feel negative about comedy, I just think back to how much I hated by sales job and the office environment.”
Tickets cost £13 and it starts at 8pm.