Bazil Ashmawy

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Baz Ashmawy
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Baz Ashmawy
Born Bazil Ashmawy
(1975-04-09) 9 April 1975 (age 42)
Libya
Residence Dublin, Ireland
Occupation TV and Radio Presenter / Public Figure
Employer Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) / Sky UK
Known for
  • 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy
  • That Baz Thing
  • The Fanatics
  • How Low Can You Go?
  • Fáilte Towers
  • Baz's Culture Clash
  • Baz's Extreme Worlds
  • Weekend Breakfast with Baz & Lucy
  • Baz The Lost Muslim
Partner(s) Tanja Evans
Children
  • Hanna Ashmawy
  • Mahy Ashmawy
Parent(s)
  • Nancy Ashmawy
  • Mohammed Ussri Ismaill Ashmawy
Awards

Bazil Ashmawy, commonly known as Baz Ashmawy, is an Irish radio and television personality, whose TV show 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy won the International Emmy Award for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment award. In summer 2017, he hosted That Baz Thing on RTÉ Radio One. Ashmawy co-hosted Weekend Breakfast with Baz & Lucy on RTÉ 2fm in 2010, and co-presented the 2008 reality show Fáilte Towers on RTÉ One, as well as the popular travel show How Low Can You Go on RTÉ Two.

Early life[edit]

According to an article in the Carlow Nationalist, Ashmawy's mother Nancy is from Ballycoogue, Ballycoogue, Avoca, County Wicklow[1] although Ashmawy was born in Libya and is part-Egyptian.[2] He moved to Ireland at age eight and grew up in the suburb of Churchtown and attended CUS Leeson Street for a period of time.[3]

Career[edit]

Ashmawy is best known for 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy [4] which was first broadcast on Sky 1. The show is based on Baz inserting his 71-year-old mother Nancy into various dare-devil situations, and documenting her typical Irish mammy reactions to the situations.[5][6]

In November 2015 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy won the Best Non-Scripted Entertainment award at the 2015 International Emmy Awards.[7][8]

Prior to that, Ashmawy was on the popular RTÉ Two travel show, How Low Can You Go?[9] where he appeared with co-presenters Mark O'Neill and Michael Hayes. In remarking on his experiences with that show, Ashmawy said that he loved Las Vegas where he received a lap dance from (as he describes) 'a former hooker who looked like she was in her late 50s' and said of his experiences on the set of a porn movie in California that 'We saw things there that will be in our minds for a very long time.'[10]

Ashmawy is also a sports fan who tried his skill at GAA management on the RTÉ show[2] Celebrity Bainisteoir.[11][12][13] According to The Irish Times, Ashmawy managed managing his team while wearing 'nicely polished footwear'.[14] When asked in an RTÉ Sport interview who he would like to see win the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Ashmawy joked that he was 'not going for the patriotic 'Go Ireland' I'd have to say New Zealand...typical. How boring is that. Think I've made myself feel a little sick there saying that. I'm going back....'GO IRELAND!'[15]

He appeared in Jason Byrne's award-winning prank series Anonymous. He later appeared numerous times on RTÉ One's flagship travel show No Frontiers before venturing into his own solo project Baz's Culture Clash on RTÉ Two. The series saw him travelling. His next project Baz's Extreme Worlds aired on 10 May 2010.

In addition to appearing on as television host, Ashmawy is an actor who has appeared in television dramas and other programmes.[16] He has also appeared in a plays and short films.[11] Although he says that comedy comes naturally to him, his dramaturgical background has led him to productions of classical theatre and the works of Shakespeare.[10]

In April 2015, Ashmawy hosted the Sky 1 quiz show "Fanatics" where fanatics of various things (e.g. Doctor Who) are tested on their knowledge of these things [17]

50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy[edit]

The series was born after Ashmawy's mum and co-star Nancy, 72, announced that she wanted to do a skydive. The first series was one of the most watched programmes on Sky 1 in Ireland in 2014, followed by Season 2 which was as to delightful as the first.

The show has been licensed by Sky Vision into over 150 territories worldwide, including Canada, Australia, China, and the Middle-East. Local versions of the show have been produced in a number of key territories, including Denmark (two series), Holland and Belgium with several countries picking up the 50 Way to Kill your Mammy format, making this Sky Vision’s most successful factual entertainment property to date.[18]

In November 2015 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy won the Best Non-Scripted Entertainment award at the 2015 International Emmy Awards.[7][19]

In 2016, Sky 1 aired the 3rd season of the show in a new twist to the show’s format, where four new Mammies joined Baz and Nancy on their travels, changing the show to be known as 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammies.

In 12th October 2017, Baz announced via his Twitter page that he and Nancy would be filming a one off Christmas special. This was followed by a series of Snapchat videos fro Baz's account on 12th November of Nancy, himself and the production crew at Dublin airport waiting to fly out to Rome for filming.

Radio[edit]

In July 2017, Ashmawy hosted his radio show That Baz Thing on RTÉ Radio One [20]. On his show he interviewed different 3 guests every week as he explores a broad range of issues, including parenting, health, happiness and relationships.

Ashmawy co-hosted Weekend Breakfast with Baz & Lucy on RTÉ 2fm with Lucy Kennedy for 2 years.

Personal life[edit]

He has two daughters Hanna and Mahy with Tanja Evans whom he met in 2006. He is also stepfather to Tanya's four other kids from a previous relationship (Charlotte, Harry, Jake and Amelia). The couple are set to marry in 2017.[21] One of his lungs collapsed on a transatlantic flight and he underwent double-lung surgery.[22][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lawrence, Brendan (9 January 2008). "TV's Baz sets out to make the Billies kings of the screen". Carlow Nationalist. Archived from the original on 26 October 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Stilling, Rob (13 December 2007). "Baz' hopes to lead the Billies to glory". Wicklow People. Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Playing the joker; Time and place Baz Ashmawy; The RTE presenter tells Kate Butler about his misguided teenage years when he was surrounded by nurses". Sunday Times. 4 January 2009. p. 9.  – via Academic OneFile (subscription required)
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2] sky (Saturday 27 september 2014)
  6. ^ "From Dublin to Hollywood! Baz Ashmawy's 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy hits American shores". evoke.ie. 16 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Baz and mammy Nancy bag international Emmy Award for 50 Ways to kill your mammy". Independent.ie. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Success! 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy is nominated for an Emmy". evoke.ie. 6 October 2015. 
  9. ^ [3] Horse Racing Ireland
  10. ^ a b "So, how low did they go?". Irish Independent. 12 April 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Fáilte Towers". RTÉ One. 2008. 
  12. ^ [4] An Phoblacht (17 April 2008)
  13. ^ [5] The Once a Week Show
  14. ^ [6] The Irish Times (Saturday, 5 April 2008) Back to a familiar future
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 October 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2008.  RTÉ Sport Quick Tap: Baz Ashmawy
  16. ^ [7] IMDb: Bazil Ashawmy
  17. ^ "Baz Ashmawy to host super fan show The Fanatics for Sky 1". BSkyB. 2 October 2014. 
  18. ^ https://www.skymedia.ie/news/50-ways-to-kill-your-mammy-nominated-at-the-2015-emmy-awards/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ "Success! 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy is nominated for an Emmy". evoke.ie. 6 October 2015. 
  20. ^ http://www.rte.ie/radio1/that-baz-thing/programmes/2017/0705/888116-this-baz-thing-wednesday-5-july-2017/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ "Baz Ashmawy: Why I WON'T do magazine deal for my wedding". evoke.ie. 8 September 2015. 
  22. ^ [8] Evening Herald (Wednesday 12 January 2012)
  23. ^ Jarlath Regan (11 October 2015). "Baz Ashmawy". An Irishman Abroad (Podcast) (108 ed.). Retrieved 12 October 2015.