Arnab Chanda: Stories from Arnab (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Arnab Chanda: Stories from Arnab

Fascinating twisty story about identity

Thanks to a childhood spent in perpetual flux, people struggle to pinpoint where Arnab Chanda is from. Born in West Yorkshire to Indian parents, he spent his formative years at various international schools that gave him and his classmates a rather vague American accent. And identity is integral to Stories from Arnab, a fact that's further complicated by the strong suggestion he may be the reincarnation of his grandfather.

Although this is his Fringe debut as a solo comedian, Chanda has a long history with the craft, including a spell performing alongside The Mighty Boosh's Rich Fulcher in a sketch show. And while he claims he never felt comfortable performing stand-up before, he seems very much at ease on stage. Although he tells the crowd that he's telling a story that just happens to be quite funny ('it's all true', he insists), he's doing himself a disservice. This is a fascinating, twisty tale, humorously told by a warm performer who is visibly buoyed by an appreciative crowd.

He warns of a macabre ending, something you might expect from Frankie Boyle or Reginald D Hunter, but what actually transpires is a wonderfully unexpected finale. Here's hoping this marks a proper return to the stage.

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Arnab Chanda: Stories from Arnab

  • 3 stars

Arnab Chanda (Russell Howard's Good News, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee 2007) quit stand-up in 2011. In his debut hour, he tells stories about what happened after that: broken dreams, death, getting alopecia and other hilarious topics. 'Star of tomorrow… he’s a rare talent on the UK circuit…