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#Circumventing: How Pakistani comics spin troubles into punchlines.

The crowd exploded into laughter as Pakistani comedian Shehzad Ghias Shaikh threw them his final punchline, gripping the microphone as he roasted the dating app Tinder and traditional South Asian family matchmaking.

"I don't want an app to find me random girls to sleep with!" he cried.

"I want my mother to find me random girls to sleep with!"

Shaikh, 26, has just returned from New York and is trying to reinvigorate live comedy in Islamic Pakistan.

It's a difficult, sometimes dangerous quest.

Aside from the usual financial struggles and small audiences, Pakistani comedians face harsh blasphemy laws and a barrage of death threats if their jokes offend the wrong person.

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