Nish Kumar - Nish Kumar is a Comedian (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Nish Kumar - Nish Kumar is a Comedian

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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).

Nish Kumar - Nish Kumar is a Comedian

  • 4 stars

Phil McIntyre Entertainments. A show about identity, offence and what happens when someone on the internet steals your face. Fresh from a sell-out London run and being nominated for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival. Also he's a brilliant dude. As heard on BBC Radio 4. 'Massively charming and very witty … a…