Paul Sinha - Extreme Anti-White Vitriol
Handling some hot political spuds
This article is from 2010.
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).