Umer Shareef

Umer Shareef,[2][3][4] is a Pakistani stand-up comedian and Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Composer, Author, Poet and television personality. He has been regarded one the most successful comedians in the subcontinent.

Umer Shareef
Native name
عمر شریف
Born (1960-04-19) 19 April 1960
Other namesOmer Sharif
Mohammed Omer
King of Comedy
OccupationActor, Director, Producer, Writer, Composer, Author, Poet[1]
Spouse(s)Zareen Ghazal (2005–present)


Sharif was born in Liaquatabad, Karachi as Mohammad Umer. He changed his name to Omer Sharif when he joined theater. He started his showbiz career from Karachi as stage performer at the age of 14. One of his extremely popular 1989 comedy stage plays were Bakra Qistoon Pe and Buddha Ghar Pe Hai.

Much of the success comes from the fact that he started to record his stage shows rented out in a similar to movies. Yes Sir eid , No Sir eid were the first stage shows to come out on video. He is known in the Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and other south Asian belt as the King of Comedy. He was rated as best comedian ever even by Indian audiences. Indian comedy kings Johnny Lever and Raju Srivastava have called him "the God Of Asian Comedy " on the Indian comedy show “Comedy Circus”.

Sharif was a guest judge for one of the episodes of the Indian comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, alongside Navjot Singh Siddhu and Shekhar SumanSharif also hosted The Shareif Show, where he interviewed film and television actors, entertainers, musicians, and politicians. He has also served as Master of Ceremonies for local and overseas events.[5]

For the 50-year anniversary of Pakistan's independence, Sharif performed a play called Umer Sharif Haazir Ho. In the play, a representative from every occupation was called into court and asked what they had done for Pakistan in the past 50 years. The Lawyer's Association stated a case against Sharif as a result.[6] There were rumors of his death but it was false umer shareef family says to media.[7][8]


He has received National awards for Best Director,Best Actor in 1992 for Mr. 420. He has received ten Nigar Awards, he is the only one to receive four Nigar Awards in a single year. Also three Graduate Awards and four national awards. He has also awarded with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.

In 2006, the Omer Sharif Welfare Trust was formed with the stated goal of creating a "state of the art health center that provides services free of cost."[9]


  1. "Pakistani comedian Umer Sharif in Dubai". Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  2. "Pakistani Comic Legend Umer Shareef And More Present 'Comedy Ka Dhamaka'!". Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  3. "Renowned comedian Umer Shareef hospitalised". Daily Times. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  4. "Pashto Cinema". Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  5. Biography - Omer Sharif Archived 11 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Umer Sharif is in good health, says family | Samaa Digital". Samaa TV. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  7. Haq, Irfan Ul (11 May 2017). "Comedian Umer Sharif's family says his illness is minor after hospital photo goes viral". Images. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  8. MAA Hospital - Omer Sharif Welfare Trust

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