Sarfraz Manzoor: The Boss Rules (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

Sarfraz Manzoor: The Boss Rules

A relaxed hour about the inspiring lyrics of Bruce Springsteen

Sarfraz Manzoor is not a comedian, a fact he readily points out at the start. He is, however, both a broadcaster for Radio 4 and a regular contributor to The Guardian and anyone familiar with either of these two institutions will be well-catered for in both tone and content.

Rather than straight stand-up, this is a light-hearted but poignant memoir and family portrait. The Boss Rules concerns Manzoor’s devotion to Bruce Springsteen, whose lyrics he credits for providing him with the inspiration to get him to where he is today. These lyrics are peppered through the show like chapter headings as we are given a whistle-stop tour of his adolescence in Luton, various relationships (father, mother, women in general), career, recent experience of fatherhood and how all of these have been affected by being a Muslim.

Whilst Manzoor is unlikely to provide you with the similar sort of inspiration that Springsteen has given him, his confident, open manner creates a relaxed and enjoyable hour that should resonate with everyone.

Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, until 26 Aug (not 13), 3.45pm, £10 (£9).

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