Eshaan Akbar: Prophet Like It's Hot (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Eshaan Akbar: Prophet Like It's Hot

Steve Ullathorne

Poking Islam without jeapordy

Eshaan Akbar is a lapsed Muslim, and brings us a show that seeks to help out Islam during the current PR crisis that he thinks they're going through. He's read the Qur'an back to front (boom! boom!) so is able to dip into his copy and read aloud passages that could potentially be spun, for good or for evil.

As the British child of Bangladeshi-Pakistani parents, Akbar addresses some of the more problematic aspects of the religion he was raised with, or at least the bits that are most open to abuse. So for example, the notion that women are the property of men gets a quick unpacking; he brings up a passage with the message that the onus should be on men to look upon women respectfully, rather than blame them for turning them on.

As he says himself, it's often not about laughing and more about learning. So with that said, Prophet Like It's Hot is an entertaining, if not quite side-splitting chance to find out more about the five pillars of Islam, hear about the point-collecting scheme to get into heaven, and discover Allah's needier, petulant sides without fear of starting any holy wars.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug (not 15), 2.45pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Eshaan Akbar: Prophet Like It's Hot

  • 3 stars

CKP and InterTalent Group present Following his sell-out run in 2017, Akbar returns armed with a copy of the Qur’An in hand. It’s a much funnier book than people give it credit for. Akbar's own journey tells him that faith still has a place in modern society. 'Genius stand-up comedy' ★★★★★ (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).