Omid Singh: My Favourite Words in the English Language (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Omid Singh: My Favourite Words in the English Language

A few tangents dilute an otherwise brilliant funny debut hour

Part of this year's American invasion, LA comic Omid Singh makes his Fringe debut with My Favourite Words in the English Language, mining his half-Indian, half-Iranian heritage for some killer gags. It means he can happily mock three cultures without fear of repercussions and joyfully play with stereotypes; in particular, America's perception of Arabic men since 9/11 (including an achingly funny story about missing his subway train).

However, there's no real structure to the show. Singh's material is great but he has a tendency to veer off on tangents to chat with the audience. Sometimes it will pay off for some of the biggest laughs of the night and he certainly lucks out with a Greek in the audience: #greekingit). He's quick-witted and seems to genuinely want to learn, happily admitting, 'I'm American: we don't know anything', but too often he’ll drift into comedy culs de sac.

His laid-back demeanour somehow makes everything seem less offensive and quite endearing and he even copes well with myriad technical problems that plague his set. Despite some messy rambling sections, when Singh's on point he's brilliantly funny, skirting the edge of acceptability. A freewheeling lackadaisical and amiable hour of nonsense.

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 220 1212, until 30 Aug (not 18), 7.30pm, £7–£8.50 (£6–£7; family ticket £20).

My Favourite Words in the English Language

  • 3 stars

Omid Singh Omid Singh is an American touring stand-up comedian, based in Los Angeles. Raised in a multicultural family (half Indian, half Iranian), he has lived in more than a dozen different cities across two continents. From the suburbs of Orange County to Texas to Dubai, his unique upbringing – and rapidly growing…