Rob Brown (3 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Rob Brown

Comedy straight outta Kabul

Comedy straight outta Kabul

Rob Brown has a thoroughly Australian aversion to the politically correct. His show includes jokes about holding a midget upside down, getting turned on by a nurse performing an ultrasound scan on his ex-wife, and telling Christian cancer patients the happy news that they are nearly with God. Alongside this confidently-presented diatribe, Brown shows documentary films of the four months he spent as catering manager for a ‘facility’ in Afghanistan, and how he fed leftovers to local children whose tent village swiftly grew to 150.

Brown comes across as a good bloke but these sections sit uncomfortably together, especially as his ultimate message is that ‘everyone has a chance to make a difference’, whether that’s taking a job in a war zone and feeding the hungry or just making someone smile. It is moving to see these children of war, their worry lines already ingrained, but the films feel mawkish – not helped by Brown’s choice of Dido and Cat Stevens music – and like the holiday footage of a traveller who tried to do his bit, but soon vanished into the arid, Biblical sands.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 30 Aug (not 17), 7pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50)

Rob Brown: What a Load of Kabul!

  • 3 stars

Australian comedian, brutally honest, confronting and funny - Rob takes you from one dark place to another - you will roar laughing from start to finish. 'This is stand-up at its best' (Melbourne Age).

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