Azhar M. Usman Esq.
Mr. Azhar M. Usman, Esq. was born in Chicago in the mid-1970s to immigrant parents from Bihar, India. He completed his primary education at public schools in Skokie, Illinois and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Spanish Language from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Honors College. In 1999, he obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was recipient of the Royal A. Stone Memorial Award, a merit-based full scholarship. Presently, Azhar is a full-time performing artist, working as a standup comedian and co-founder of the internationally-acclaimed “Allah Made Me Funny–Official Muslim Comedy Tour.” He has performed in every major city in the U.S. and Canada as well as in a dozen countries on five continents. Azhar and the Tour have been interviewed or profiled in over 100 major world media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, and on television on ABC Nightline, CBS Sunday Morning, MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, CNBC’s Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, FOX News’ Dayside, PBS’ Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, MTV Desi, and many others. He has performed with several of the nation’s top comedians, including Dave Chappelle, Jim Gaffigan, Todd Barry, and the late Mitch Hedberg.
Formerly, Mr. Usman was Managing Principal of Integris Law, Professional Corporation, a boutique law firm that he founded and ran from 2002 until 2004. His practice focused primarily on corporate, transactional, and probate matters, with some civil litigation in the areas of family law and civil rights. Previously, Mr. Usman served as Co-founder & Vice President of XOLIA, Inc., a startup technology company that he co-founded in 1998, and whose assets were acquired by Providian Financial Corporation (NYSE: PVN) in April 2001. Mr. Usman serves as a co-founding Board Member of the Nawawi Foundation and as its corporate secretary, and he resides with his family in the northern suburbs of Chicago.