Tats Nkonzo: The African with Wifi (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Tats Nkonzo: The African with Wifi

credit: Petrus Smith

Charismatic Fringe debut from all-singing, all-dancing South African

From the very second he comes on stage, Tats Nkonzo is entertaining. He high-fives audience members on his way there and immediately starts his mic check, which he turns into a musical number, with the whole room singing along. Not an easy task with a stuffy Edinburgh crowd squeezed into an even stuffier attic room.

Thankfully there are jokes as well. His material is all about drawing attention to our preconceptions about Africa. Nkonzo points out the similarities and differences then mocks each in equal measure.
There is nothing extraordinary in the subject matter, but it’s nice to see a fresh approach. Nkonzo is a real performer, he even does a spot on Michael McIntyre impression, as well as a Trevor Noah that is, well, less impressive.

Nkonzo lets himself down by overdoing some routines. Long after the joke has settled in, he carries on to the point of undoing his good work. He loses the audience a couple of times but uses his charismatic style to quickly bring everyone back on board. It might be all singing, all dancing, but with a bit more joking this will be an amazing show.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug, 9.30pm, £8– £10.50 (£7–£9.50).

Tats Nkonzo: The African with Wifi

  • 3 stars

Mick Perrin Worldwide 'One of the best acts to happen to South African comedy' (Argus). 'I wrote this show so I could tell the world how Simba really felt after Mufasa's death. The people deserve to know the truth' (Tats Nkonzo). Fresh from the Ebola ward (joking), and now performing his UK and Edinburgh debut (not…