By now I believe most Pakistanis living in the West and access to the youtube wonder must already know about Kashif Memon’s appearance on America’s Got Talent. I am no fan of this show, but probably only because I don’t get enough time to watch TV. However, these shows, as loe and hate relationships they may evoke in their audiences, do serve some useful purpose. They are fun to watch, they allow people to see performances by amateurs who could one day make it big, and some of their contestants really do make it big!
But who is Mohammad Kashif Memon? Turns out he is a Pakistani sandwich-maker. He just made an appearance on the show and it is the HOT topic on the Pakistani blog circuit right now. All of us must have really needed a break from the monotony of bad news coming out of Pakistan regarding politics, media, electricity meltdowns etc….
Ofcourse, as a Pakistani, I find it amusing and more fun to watch Kashif than just someone else. Us Pakistanis don’t exactly show up on US TV very much (at least not in a positive light), and when we do, its a neat occasion to celebrate. I also celebrated when a Pakistani family showed up on Paris Hilton’s show! That was fun.
A clipping from his appearance is below and I would love to know what you think. His appearance is so simple, he really looks like he just walked off work in his sandwich shop and showed up to audition. His performance left me desiring for more. I have seen some absolutely fantastic dancing moves by amateurs at friends’ wedding. He would not do well in front of a Pakistani crowd – his moves are old and a bit too cheesy even for Bollywood stuff, but to a new audience (including David Hasselhof), it is new and breath-taking!
Check it out…
That said, I also want to put in a plug for one other performance at such a show that was sent to me by a friend. This is also an amateur simple guy from somewhere in England. But my God! He is sooo good!!! That video is also appended below. I love it.
Clipping of Kashif Memon from America’s Got Talent:
The clipping from Britain’s Got Talent: