American Stand-up comedian tours Pakistan. He is famous for writing his love for biryani which is Pakistan’s most favourite food item and his humorous commentary on American politics. His understanding of Islam, diversity of Muslims and Pakistani culture has made him popular among Pakistanis and it’s not uncommon to see a myriad of comments from Muslims and Pakistanis on his Facebook status updates.
Pakistani people were asking Jeremy to visit Pakistan so that they can feed him authentic biryani, yeah of course. The announcement of Jeremy Visits Pakistan in August made everyone excited. Jeremy stayed 17 days in Pakistan. He performed some shows in Islamabad and Lahore. His outfit and style were pure desi to look like a perfect Pakistan Boy. He visited numerous famous places of Pakistan. He is a true Pakistani at heart no doubt.
He enjoyed the ride of rickshaws, Pakistani bikes and desi buses. Also, chai and Biryani which he enjoyed a lot. He celebrated Pakistani Independence day with a true spirit of being Pakistani and he celebrated just like a “Pindi Boy”. He said about his tour in Pakistan that he wanted to come in Pakistan for his fans. He mentioned that he enjoyed the chai of antigen.
The high-spirited Jeremy seems to be having the time of his life, he did encounter some typical, first-world-person-meets-third-world problems he truly enjoyed the texture of Pakistan. He mentioned that his best experience was been driving in the streets of Lahore on Independence day on top of a car, immersed in the collective joy of the nation.
Jeremy was asked if he is adjustable with Pakistani spicy cuisine he responded that he loves spicy desi food and in the US he eats desi food all the time, he was amazed to have it for every meal here though. He took tons of pictures of great places documenting his journey. He learned the Pakistani culture and well he enjoyed a lot the Pakistani local Transport. He also visited the border.
It’s strange but the comedian seems to be a long lost Pakistani reverting back to their roots no doubt. He’s up for trying everything! He was asked that what is the one memory he can’t wait to share with his friends and family when he gets back home, Jeremy said, I haven’t shared the interactions and discussions I’ve had with my host family on the progress the country, particularly the progress of the outspoken and educated Pakistani women. He touched on it briefly when he was marvelling at how the majority of the dental students were female, compared to the majority of American STEM students who are male.
Another thing about Jeremy that has gripped everyone the beginning is his knowledge of Pakistan and Pakistani jokes. Although Jeremy seems to be right at home in Lahore and Islamabad, he does get minor spells of culture shock and homesickness which happens with every new to the environment. “Lots of stray dogs here and I haven’t seen any pet dogs yet. In the US, you’d see people walking their dogs on leashes. What I’m saying is… I miss my Kutta,” Jeremy wrote in one of his posts. “They put broken glass on top of walls to keep people from climbing over….Seems like it’d be easy to do it anyway. Not gonna try”.
He described the experience of wearing Pakistani outfit that “Kurtas are comfortable and great for high-waisted men. Wish they’d catch on around the world. I’d wear them all the time.”
Jeremy McLellan also informed everyone that he plans to visit Karachi and northern Pakistan on a follow-up trip next spring and fans are going crazy Needless to say, we can’t wait.
By: Arslan Shahid