Paul Sinha - Extreme Anti-White Vitriol (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Paul Sinha - Extreme Anti-White Vitriol

Handling some hot political spuds

This year Paul Sinha walks the tightrope of political comedy, and just about manages to keep his balance. There are enough outright jokes in this show to keep a bog-standard comedy club audience entertained, but they’re liberally spaced through a set that confronts several lefty demons head-on through a series of breathless polemical rants; the gutter press, the BNP and racist cockneys all come under fire. Being, as he is, the only gay, Asian former doctor-turned-fiercely intelligent comedian in the UK, Sinha’s been signed up to bat political hot potatoes on a few TV and radio shows recently, and he’s had his mantra of it being good to talk (even to the BNP) tested to its limits.

He still sticks by this fairly flaccid political solution though, even as he assassinates popular targets from Roman Polanski to Bruce Forsyth. It’s a scattergun approach, and for a set that is slightly more political than it is funny, it’s up to Sinha’s self-belief to cover the gaps in, and between, his arguments.

The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, until 29 Aug (not 16), 10.40pm, £9 (£8).

Paul Sinha: 'Extreme Anti-White Vitriol'

  • 3 stars

Edinburgh favourite Paul Sinha has spent much of the previous decade garnering rave reviews for his self-deprecating tales of his life as a GP, lovelorn gay bachelor, quiz fanatic and social coward. This year, he doesn't want to discuss turning forty, because he has bigger fish to fry. A racist called him a racist. Paul…