“I have a lot of friends who wear hijab and are total goofballs, so a part of me wanted to show that we’re just all people,” says Nadia Manzoor, part of the duo behind comedy web-series “Shugs & Fats. The series debuted last fall, and has over 25,000 fans. Indian-American comedian, Radhika Vaz, co-stars and plays Fats (short for Fatima) while Manzoor, a Pakistani-American actor-writer, plays Shugs (short for Shagufta).
The show centers on two observant Muslim women exploring life in Brooklyn. As Refinery 29 comments, “through situational comedy, they stumble onto some very real subjects, including sexuality, immigration, body image, and, ultimately, feminism. You’re so busy laughing at their zany antics that the hijab and burqas fade into the background — which is exactly the point.”
The creators say the next season will premiere in January and will be less improvised, and more scripted.