Shelina Merani uses stand-up to empower, educate and shine a light on our common humanity. She relays experiences of growing up in a strict immigrant household and the challenges of being a Muslim women.
America’s Got Talent wanted to hear about it and asked her to audition for season 12 in New York City. Although the reviews were good, the competition was stiff: singing and dancing dogs? CBC Short Docs covered her comedic journey with the film Shelina Stand up!, followed by an animation of Shelina getting ‘randomly’ selected by airport security.
Shelina was recently a finalist at Yuk Yuks and Absolute Comedy club competitions in Ottawa. She revels in making people laugh – it’s a non-alcoholic high!