Comedy Scene: Hot Mic Night


Comedy Scene presents their 5th ‘Hot Mic Night’ on 9th November (Friday) at T2F!

‘Hot Mic’ is an open-mic night where aspiring stand-up comics take the stage and share their talent. Some of our talented stand-up comics have already signed up for this event. So do join us for the show and bring your friends.

It’s been more than two years for Comedy Scene to be hosting such stand-up events. We feel a sense of pride in the improved number of talented comedians in Karachi, through the efforts of this platform and others. If you or someone you know wants to perform, please drop us a message on our Facebook page. Don’t be shy.

Date: Friday, 9th November 2018

Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM

Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Rs.300/-

Unplugged Improv with LOLWaalay

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After 6 years and many hundreds of shows later, we, the LOLWaalay will depart from our signature short-form style and bring you some never before seen improvised, experimental long-form! Also, in addition to our act, we will feature some of our funny friends as well!

If you were to tie the knot with long-form improv via arranged marriage, here is how a rishta aunty would describe it:

‘Long-form improvisation is an unscripted performance of anywhere between 20-90 minutes based off a single audience suggestion. Common elements include monologues, games and series of inter-connected scenes. Long form is much closer to theatre than short form. The final product often appears to be an improvised play. According to a popular improv director, long form is to jazz as short form is to pop’.

What an insightful and eloquent rishta aunty.

Come watch LOLWaalay unplugged and friends next Thursday at The Second Floor! Tickets Rs. 300 available at the venue. Gates open at 7 45 PM. Show starts at 8 PM.

About the Performers:

Akbar Chaudry

The Voice of the Troupe (and the Hair)

The long-time Artistic Director of the troupe, Akbar led the way when LOL Waalay established itself as the premier of comedy at a time when quality live shows across the country were unheard of. Since then, he also single-handedly put the underground stand-up comedy scene on the map by not only performing his own sold out shows, and with notable comedians like Saad Haroon, but also providing a platform to the emerging talent. His crazy curls and fluctuating voice are as much an inspiration as his signature performing style.

Ali Gul Pir

The Sayeen

The improv extraordinaire and mentor is the latest addition to the troupe. A film graduate, Ali initially started off as an improviser in a comedy ensemble put together by Azfar Ali, later moving on to another troupe with Saad Haroon. Soon after that, he broke major ground in the music industry with the very original and hilarious, Wadaira Ka Beta, which went on to become a cultural phenomenon for Pakistanis worldwide. Having become a successful recording artist ever since, the Sayeen is now revisiting his roots in improv with old friends, LOL Waalay. Did we say friends? We meant family. *wipes away tear*

Sannan Wastani

The Bad Boy/Corporate Suave

Long hailed as one of the funniest LOL Waala, Sannan truly personifies what it means to be the bad boy of comedy, if that is a thing. Famed for his priceless comic timing, off the cuff one-liners and true-to-life sense of humour, he started off with theater, starring in plays like, the Office, and its sequel. It was not long before he too was mesmerized by the ways of the LOL Waalay, and became a part of the cause. However, his true mastery lies in doubling as a suave corporate type during the day and comic beast at night. See the point about him being a bad boy? We don’t either.

Syed Muhammad Kumail

That Uncle/That Crazy Uncle

Like we said; here, at LOL Waalay, we are a family. And every family has that one uncle who hangs out with the kids once in a while, cracking jokes, telling old tales (a thousand times), and listening to classical raag at deafening levels. That’s our Kumail, or as we lovingly call him, Mamoo. Mamoo is an engineer by education, teacher by profession and comedian out of compulsion. Sometimes he mixes the three up. He is also a prolific stage actor (Nida Butt’s East is East, The Office 1 & 2) and outstanding stand-up comedian, in addition to being the present Artistic Director (read, protective parent) of the troupe.

Zubair Tariq

Mr. No-Opinion

Some argue that procrastination and laziness are signs of unbounded creativity. We argue in favour of those people, because Zubair has established himself on all three fronts. An introverted writer in real life, and a maniac on stage, he hails from a theater background (Nida Butt’s Grease, East is East, and The Office 1 & 2) and recently finished co-writing a screenplay. Also having a number of TV appearances to his name, Zubair sometimes likes to quietly stare at corners. Nobody is allowed to disturb him then. Oh and did we mention he plays swell guitar?

Date: Thursday, 8th November 2018

Time: 08:00PM – 09:00PM

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Entry: Rs.300/- (Available at Venue)

Dance Mandala with Alizeh

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A one-day, walk-in workshop

About the workshop:
Dance Mandala is a method of moving meditation that encourages authentic self-expression, cultivating bliss, and stillness. Through free-form movement, music, and gentle guided instruction, participants are exposed to motion that confronts the rigidity and tension of their own bodies.

About the instructor:
Alizeh Valjee holds a BA. in Psychology & Religion from Mount Holyoke College; an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD, UK; and is a certified freeform movement meditation facilitator. Valjee is the co-founder of CareForHealth and Taskeen, the Karachi-based mental and emotional health initiatives, teaches yoga and meditation classes at AQ Fitness, and also runs her own private practice as a therapist.

Date: Monday, 5th November 2018
Time: 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!

**We only have capacity for 30 participants, so please sign up at the door from 6:30pm. First come, first served.**


T2F Fundraiser: Sur Sangam

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Dear T2F Family,

It was 11 years ago that Sabeen Mahmud founded PeaceNiche – a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democratic discourse and conflict resolution through intellectual and cultural engagement, whose activities took place on the second floor of an old building at Ittehad, in Phase 7 DHA. The story of how the vision and passion of one women and her companions turned into an institution that inspired and continues to inspire thousands of young students, artists, musicians, activists, entrepreneurs… of Karachi, is one of heroism, tragedy and rekindled hope. Though Sabeen is no longer physically among us, her presence continues to grow through her legacy of T2F and the work that is far from over.

When I shifted to Karachi five months ago to take over as Director T2F, I was astonished to discover how many professional artists, journalists, musicians, intellectuals, entrepreneurs and business people of Karachi have been directly influenced by Sabeen Mahmud and T2F. Here credit is also due to all those dedicated people who managed to keep the work at T2F alive and relevant, even after Sabeen’s parting.

Our regular programs that happen on almost a daily basis at the T2F Faraar Gallery  include: Art Exhibitions; Science ka Adda; Thinking Films; Urdu Hai Mera Naam; Qavvaali Series; Sur Ka Safar; First Fridays Open Mic; Dance Mandala; Dholi Taro Drum Circle; Maa Dharti Project; Philosophy Circle; Comedy Nights; Jambro Jamathon; Debating Circuit; Hafta-Itvaar Arts Bazaar; Book Launches; Poetry Readings & Spoken Word; Improv Theatre; Music and Dance Workshops and various other talks, projects and panel discussions relevant to civil society of Pakistan today.

The work of T2F is imperative for the intellectual growth of our society, as not just the first cultural café and art venue of its kind in Pakistan; but also as a safe platform for discourse, an incubator of constructive ideas, and a generator of culture. As all real initiatives, T2F is dependent on the community that it serves. We therefore call upon your continued support and invite you to join us at our fundraiser concert, “Sur Sangam” for an inspiring night of devotional music, with two of the top musical acts of their respective genres of mystical music – Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Raziuddin Qavvaal and the Shah Jo Raag Faqeers of Bhitshah.

Shah Jo Raag Faqeer are the preeminent musicians from the shrine of Hazrat Shah Latif in Bhitshah and specialists in the recitation of Bayt-Vaai. Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad Raziuddin are the most prominent masters of the Qavvaal Bachon ka Gharana – the oldest branch of Qavvaali hailing from the first students of Hazrat Ameer Khusro.

Date: Sunday, 11th November 2018

Timings: 08:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Venue: Arts Council Karachi

Pass: Rs. 2000/-


For more details email us at or call us at +(92-21) 3538-9043


I look forward to seeing you all there!

Musically yours,

Arieb Azhar

Executive Director T2F

Science Ka Adda: Evolution of the Human Brain

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As a partner of the School of Tomorrow (SOT) event entitled “A World of Tomorrow Reimagined”, T2F is pleased to announce it’s next Science Ka Adda talk, on the evolution of the human brain and what inferences can be made about how it may further develop in an ever changing world.
It took more than 500 million years to produce a highly organized tissue of less than one and a half kilogram that has the potential to conquer the universe. The story of the evolution of the human brain is intriguing. What makes the human brain special: cognition, language and consciousness. Except for the language, these are elusive concepts. An attempt to understand these is the beginning to appreciate the most marvelous of all the marvels of nature – the brain.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Ather Enam is Chair of the Department of Surgery, at the Aga Khan University. His research interests include stem cell transplantation for neurological problems and regeneration of spinal cord injuries. Dr. Enam obtained a Ph.D. in Neurosciences from Northwestern University in 1991. He has been awarded the Excellence Award in Neurosurgery by the Pakistan Society of Neurosurgery in 2004, the Physician of the Year Medallion Award by St Joseph’s Mercy of Macomb Hospital, USA, in 2002 and the Outstanding Resident Award by Henry Ford Hospital, USA, in 1998. He is a life member of Sigma Xi, a scientific research honor society, as well as founding president of the Pakistan Society of Basic and Applied Neuroscience. In 2016 he was conferred the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) – the third highest civilian award of Pakistan – for his achievements in the field of medicine.
Date: Tuesday, 30th October 2018
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Time: 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM
Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!

Dungeons & Dragons


In the The Frozen Hell of Stygia, our heroes will make their final stand.

Assault on Fangwood Keep – Campaign Finale

We are not accepting any new registration this week, though you are welcome to come and watch.

Date: Thursday, 25th October 2018
Time: 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Venue: T2F

First Fridays Open Mic: November Edition


Join us at Faraar Gallery, T2F on the first Friday of November 2018 for an open mic night featuring Karachi’s emerging talent!

T2F’s First Fridays Open Mic is a platform for musicians, poets, and comedians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting.

Performers do not need to pre-register. Just show up with your voice, instruments, props or whatever else you may need to get perform. Look for our host who will put your name down on the list – spaces are limited, so first come, first served!

Date: Friday, 2nd November 2018

Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F

Time: 06:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!

**Registrations start at 6pm, first come first served. All performers get maximum 10 minutes stage time.**

A World Of Tomorrow Reimagined

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T2F – Event Partner at School of Tomorrow (SOT) by Beaconhouse is pleased to invite you to “A World Of Tomorrow Reimagined” on 3rd and 4th November 2018 at Beach Luxury Hotel.

Featuring: Panel Discussions | Interactive Workshops | FULLSTEAM Science & Art Exhibition | Celebrity Conversations | Comedy Night | Performances | Food Court

Visit the official website for the complete program and for fast-track entry to the event, register for free online:

Date: Saturday, 3rd November 2018
Time: 01:00 PM – 06:30 PM

Date: Sunday, 4th November 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 06:30 PM

Place: Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi.

Entry: Free and open to the public including children. However, children under 12 are not allowed in any panel discussion. Rights of admission reserved.

#SOT2018 #SOTFutureFest #T2F

Book Launch: Beloved Delhi by Saif Mahmood

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Join us on Thursday, 1st November 2018 at 7pm at the Faraar Gallery, T2F for the launch of ‘BELOVED DELHI: A Mughal City and Her Greatest Poets’, by Saif Mahmood. The author will be in conversation with Asif Farrukhi followed by readings by Sania Saeed.

Urdu poetry rules the cultural and emotional landscape of much of India and Pakistan. And it was in the great ancient city of Delhi that Urdu grew to become one of the World’s most beautiful and supple languages. Through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries while the Mughal empire was in spectacular decline, Delhi became the Capital of a parallel Kingdom – the Kingdom of Urdu poetry, producing some of the greatest, most popular poets of all times. They wrote about the pleasure and pain of love, about the splendour of God and the villainy of preachers, about the seduction of wine and about Delhi, their beloved home. This book documents the life and work of the finest classical Urdu poets of Delhi : Sauda, Dard, Mir, Ghalib, Momin, Zauq, Zafar and Daagh. Through their biographies and poetry – including their best-known ghazals – it also paints a compelling portrait of Mughal Delhi. This is a book for anyone who has ever been touched by Urdu or Delhi, by poetry or romance. The book, which was recently launched in India by Vice President Hamid Ansari (in Delhi) and  Naseeruddin Shah (in Mumbai) is already a bestseller and comes with heavy commendations from some of the tallest names in literature including Zia Mohyeddin and Shamim Hanfi.

About the Author:
Dr. Saif Mahmood is the author of the bestseller Beloved Delhi : A Mughal City and Her Greatest Poets (Speaking Tiger, 2018). He is a poetry and literature critic, commentator, translator and rights activist. An Advocate of the Supreme Court of India, holding a doctorate in Constitutional Law in South Asia, he frequently appears before Superior Courts in India as well as in international and domestic tribunals. An itinerant traveller, a bohemian raconteur and a globetrotting dreamer with his heart in poetry and mind in law, Saif speaks and writes on diverse issues, ranging from law to literature and is associated with a number of academic, legal, professional, and literary organizations around the world. He is a leading South Asian name in the literary world and globally known for enthralling audiences with his passionate recitations, especially of such progressive and contemporary poets as Faiz, Majaz, Sahir and Jaun Elia. Founder of South Asian Alliance for Literature, Art & Culture (SAALARC), Saif is a frequent face in literary events and television discussions and regularly speaks on varied platforms the world over. His works have appeared in various prestigious publications and his English translations of Urdu poets have been applauded the world over.

Date: Thursday, 1st November 2018
Time: 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free; It’s Your Donations that keep us going!

Advanced Guitar Workshop with Hassam Ajaz

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Learn how to refine the art of playing a guitar in just 3 months with Hassam Ajaz! Here you will find more advanced guitar lessons for players that are already familiar with the guitar, as well as material for advancing techniques and learning specialised topics. Join us every Saturday at T2F starting November 17, 2018 from 12pm – 1:30pm to master the craft!

Course Outline:

Chapter 1: Advance Guitar Technique

Session 1: Left- Right Hand Synchronization
Session 2: Hammer on Pull off Exercises
Session 3: Arpeggio Exercises
Session 4: Master Class (Music Theory)

Chapter 2: Advance Chord Construction
Session 1: Major 7/ Dominant 7/ Major-Minor 7
Session 2: Augmented chords/ Suspended Chords
Session 3: 9th, 11th, 13th Extended Chords
Session 4: Master Class (Music Theory)

Chapter 3: The Essential Blues
Session 1: 12-Bar Blues
Session 2: Blues Essential Scale
Session 3: Blues Soloing
Session 4: Master Class (Music theory)

About the Instructor:
Carrying an experience of 10 years in the lustrous field of Contemporary and Classical Genres of Rock, Hassam Ajaz has performed as a guitarist in over 100 shows; playing alongside some notable characters from the field of music such as Faraz Anwar, Irfan Charlie, Faisal Gill, Murtaza (Maddi), Aashir Wajahat, and Jaffer Shah. He also thrived as a session player for 4 years. Personal training/teaching experience amounting up to 8 years, and sporting sound therapy professionally at the Children Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) of for over 2, Hassam Ajaz – an adept player of guitar, Banjo, 10- strings guitar and 12-strings guitar, Rubab, Ukulele – is one stop shop for all things music.

Date: Saturday, 17th November 2018 to Saturday 2nd February 2019
Time: 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM
Place: The Second Floor (T2F)
Registration Fee: Rs. 10,000/- (for three months)

Age Group: Teenagers and Adults

***The workshop is open to 25 students maximum. We have a first come, first served policy, please come in and sign up at T2F (between Monday – Friday | 1pm-6pm) or send us an email at***