Sunil Patel: White Knight
- Katharine Gemmell
- 6 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Low-key show which nearly tackles the big issues
Having been born and bred in Bath, which he explains isn't the most racially diverse place, Sunil Patel still can't quite figure out why people still ask him where he's from. As in, where he's really from. However, Patel's third Fringe show isn't a bold, political statement as the title might suggest. He just wants people to realise that because you're a minority it doesn't mean you always have to be campaigning.
Patel's set is made of low-key, no-nonsense stuff which at its core reflects on growing up as an Indian in the UK and being regularly forced to relate to his ancestry. He counters this with gags on his dad's favourite comedian being Bernard Manning, while musing that India probably wouldn't let him in if he was forced to go there, and the fact that he's never actually been to that country.
If there was a script for this show, you might not believe it as it sometimes strays into aimless chit-chat territory. He compounds his central story arc with random anecdotes, like a dubious dog food experiment, what it's like to beat a pal for a job, and how his only assets are a collection of Big Mouth Billy Bass. Patel's main point about not having to engage in political discourse surrounding race isn't that convincing, given he has the privilege to ignore it, but ultimately that seems to be the thrust of his show.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 8.30pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£8.50).