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Enjoy Comedic and Musical Performances from Home with New Horizon School Pasadena’s Virtual Mic Night

Published on Dec 4, 2020

Azhar Usman and Khalil Ismail

Join New Horizon School Pasadena for an exciting and fun-filled evening of comedic and musical performances, featuring comedian Azhar Usman and musicians Khalil Ismail and Matthew Little.

Sraering at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, you and your kids can take a break and enjoy some laughs and songs from the comfort of your home, with this online event: New Horizon School’s Virtual Mic Night.

Usman is an outspoken standup comedian, television writer, and creative consultant from Chicago. An American Muslim of Indian descent, he is a former attorney and Internet startup entrepreneur.

Most recently, Usman was a writer and advisor on the Golden Globe and Peabody Award winning Hulu original series, “Ramy,” and he currently serves as a staff writer on an untitled original Netflix series. Previously, he worked as a writer on Hasan Minhaj’s historic speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner. He is considered a pioneer in the world of so-called “Muslim comedy,” as the co-founder of the “Allah Made Me Funny” Official Muslim Comedy Tour, which toured the world for over a decade.

Usman has performed at the “Just For Laughs”festival in Montreal and is in active development on multiple creative projects. He has toured with several of today’s top comics, including Dave Chappelle, Hannibal Buress, and Russell Peters. For more about Usman, visit

Ismail is a creative director and award-winning independent artist and producer. He is the founder and manager of KI Creative Studios, which recently launched its new film directing component. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Baltimore, Ismail was inspired from childhood to use creativity and grassroots initiatives to address the often harsh realities of life.

A world-renowned musician and lyricist, Ismail has released six studio albums and is currently producing two additional albums. His music is enjoyed in more than 40 countries and has been licensed to major companies including Discovery Channel, PBS, the National Basketball Association, CBS Sports, Fox dramas, and Red Bull.

His single “Knocking” charted No. 3 on indie radio, and he won the Best Solo Artist award from Music Aid. He has also written jingles for advertisements and podcast theme songs. For more information, visit

Matt “Honeybee” Little, was born in Philadelphia in 1981 and began studying piano at age 16 under Barry Sames and Orrin Evans before attending Berklee College of Music. After successfully completing his bachelors at Berklee, Little relocated to Los Angeles.

He currently plays with Josef Leimberg and the Supa Lowery Brothers and has launched his solo career as a pianist composer. He has done some notable work on stage in the studio and on camera with various artists such as Musiq Soulchild, Talib Kweli, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dame Dash, Bilal, Paloma Faith, Dave Chappelle, Brandy, J. Cole, DJ Quik, Mr. Carmack, Freestyle Fellowship, Here Lies Man, Kali Uchis, Anderson .Paak and SiR.

Little has appeared on VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood” playing piano at Ray J and Princess Love’s wedding and worked as a music composer for the Netflix comedy “Take the Ten.”

Comedian Yasmin Elhady will be a special guest emcee during Virtual Mic Night.

The event is supported by New Horizon School’s 2020 Arts Program corporate sponsors, including Aldeen Foundation, JB Wholesale Roofing and Building Supply, Lariba American Finance House, Alliance Planning and Management Inc.

This is a fundraising event to support New Horizon School’s programs, so a registration fee of $40 per household will be charged.

To register for Virtual Mic Night, go to this link, fill out and submit the online form.

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