Nish Kumar - Nish Kumar is a Comedian
- Brian Donaldson
- 13 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
Weighty subjects, quality delivery
Last year, Nish Kumar reflected on how his ‘ethnically ambiguous face’ led to him being mistaken (usually by racists) for having his roots in everywhere from Brazil to China and many more in between. More recently, a meme did the internet rounds with his face on it, entitled The Confused Muslim. Needless to say, Kumar is not a follower of Islam, but he’s happy to grab onto anything that gives him a way in to produce another excellent show about identity, offensiveness and bad behaviour on public transport.
Apologising profusely for a 25-minute delay (of the three potential hitches that could befall his technology, all of them happened tonight: plus they found a fourth problem), he gets swiftly into his stride, switching between a cocky persona (excessive pride in exam results) and a humble man who seems amazed that he’s standing on stage with a microphone in his hand (he’s just a ‘nice boy doing his best’).
Despite the weight of his subject matter, there might not be enough beef to satisfy the whims of panel judges but if he can maintain this quality, he should be entertaining Edinburgh for years to come.
Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug, 8.10pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).