Matt Okine: Being Black & Chicken & S#%t (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Matt Okine: Being Black & Chicken & S#%t

Grasping towards a bigger narrative

With this solid Fringe debut hour, affable Aussie Matt Okine races through a torrent of material with an eye for the intermittently strange. Gentlemen, how many of you have attempted, even just the once, to orally pleasure yourself? The ensuing atmosphere suggested that a fair smattering have tried to pull off a feat much trumpeted in urban legend, but Okine is graphic and hilarious when recollecting his own successful venture.

Elsewhere, he discusses his African / European roots and proceeds to reflect on a reunion with his Ghanaian heritage. Okine is relentlessly upbeat (even when chatting about how best to respond in an armed robbery situation), and in his world an awful lot of things are ‘sick’ (in the contemporary, good way).

His main ambition seems to be achieving a certain amount of wealth and he confesses to being a little jealous of his rich friends. Although there’s nothing wrong with ambition and it reflects the traditional stand-up status as being the underdog, it feels like he’s merely grasping towards a bigger narrative here. But then, maybe that’s what the ‘difficult’ second Fringe show is made for.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug, 6pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11).

Matt Okine: Being Black & Chicken & S#%t

  • 3 stars

Soho Theatre and Century Entertainment. Winner, Best Newcomer, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2012. Award-winning comic Matt Okine is black, likes chicken and make his Edinburgh debut off the back of a massive year of recognition around the world. One of the most exciting comics to emerge from Australia in recent…