Paul Sinha (4 stars)

This article is from 2007.

Paul Sinha

King of the comedy world

Paul Sinha has a simple recipe for enjoying life. He wants us all to remember those fleeting moments when we felt like Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic. While Sinha’s King of the World moments are rather more everyday than balancing on the prow of a doomed ship, his recalling of a string of minor victories in the great battle of life is no less passionate. Probably the UK’s only openly gay Asian stand-up and fully qualified GP, Sinha’s onstage persona is an endearing hybrid. On the one hand he’s the learned boffin, casually dropping in references to Christopher Marlowe and Guatemala, yet constantly undermining his own cleverness with anecdotes relating to an inconsistent love life and tempering his triumphs with the times when he felt like a prize twat.

Sinha is a gifted comedy writer who rarely breaks off from his dense, rapid-fire monologue to interact with the audience. But his meandering tale is so honest, heartfelt and intelligent that you forgive him for not incessantly ad-libbing or enquiring of the audience if there’s anyone in from Stoke. This uplifting hour of comedy confirms that last year’s Eddies nomination was fully deserved.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 18), 9.35pm, £9–£10.50 (£7.50–£8.50).