Peter White: Straight White Male (3 stars)

A thoughtful hour of provocative social commentary about privilege

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Peter White: Straight White Male

Steve Ullathorne

As he points out from the top, Peter White's choice of title doesn't mean it's going to be some kind of anti-feminist, 'why don't we get special treatment?' rant. In fact it's quite the opposite. Back in his native north America, White already has a notable reputation for his stand-up and it's easy to see why. The Canadian comedian's laid-back hour is a measured consideration of what it means to be a white man in this day and age, recognising its privilege while also acknowledging that he isn't what would traditionally be considered an alpha male himself. Within the show he proffers a common sense feminism that Caitlin Moran would be proud of as he empathetically and metaphorically puts himself in a woman's shoes. He then moves on to challenge the small town in Canada where he grew up with its narrow demographic and perspective on life, only truly learning about other cultures and sexualities when he moved to the city.

Closing the show with the story of his emotionally abusive ex-girlfriend reminds us how the supposedly privileged white male isn't excluded from being a victim too.

A thoughtful offering that should only enhance his reputation.

Just the Tonic at the Mash House, until 28 Aug (not 15), 6.20pm, £8.50–£10 (£6.50–£8) or Pay What You Want.

Peter White: Straight White Male

  • 3 stars

Peter White Through no fault of his own, Peter White was born a straight white male. Lots of people hate straight white males. Should they? Do they deserve it? This bold, honest and hilarious debut show tackles race, gender and sexuality in a way that few comics would ever dare. Through careful observation and real…

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