Reginald D Hunter
Consummate stand-up disappoints with weak material
This article is from 2009.
Sitting through Reginald D Hunter’s The Only Apple in the Garden of Eden and Niggas, is a frustrating experience. A consummate stand-up with a punchy delivery and comic timing to die for, Hunter’s commanding stage style is, sadly, victorious over this year’s content. The first half hour, in which the Georgia-born comic deals with his status as a fish out of water, having lived in the UK for the last 12 years, is the most polished segment of the show, both in terms of the strength of the material and the energy with which it is delivered. But, audiences familiar with Hunter’s stand-up are likely to have already heard his deconstructions of language as well as the frustration at losing touch with his ‘inner nigger’.
There’s a brief, compelling segment where Hunter addresses Obama-mania, angrily denouncing the President’s failure to repeal the Patriot Act. This powerful moment offers a glimpse into the show this could have been, but, perhaps thrown by the lack of belly laughs, Reg quickly diverts into some fairly obvious jokes about Michael Jackson’s death, before returning to grumbling about living in Britain and being mistaken for Lenny Henry. A badly missed opportunity.
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