Kae Kurd: Kurd Your Enthusiasm (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Kae Kurd: Kurd Your Enthusiasm

credit: Steve Ullathorne

A debut with strong potential from a cocky yet amiable presence

Actually walking out to the theme tune of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Kae Kurd immediately points out that he won't be performing an hour of Jewish comedy. Instead, this is a debut show which platforms the young British-Kurdish comic's burgeoning talent as a gag writer and live comedian.

Kicking off with rather humdrum observations about being in a bunker with a black backdrop (classic Jihadist behaviour that), Kurd spends a fair whack of time slamming ISIS for their beliefs, actions and comedic possibilities, while also spying western flaws. So he lays into the press' hypocritical reaction to a Muslim doing well while representing the UK (such as Sir Mo Farah) and wondering whether racism makes you live longer.

An hour of slating all and sundry is perfectly fine, but there comes a time when, even as a comedic notion, some other ideas should be thrown in. So, in that light, Kurd is not a fan of online petitions or street activism but doesn't offer up any decent suggestions of alternative campaigning that could be more effective. Armed with a very decent Kevin Bridges impersonation, Kurd is a cockily amiable soul with lots of potential which might well be fulfilled when he narrows his targets down.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug (not 16), 5.30pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10).

Kae Kurd: Kurd Your Enthusiasm

  • 3 stars

Bound & Gagged Comedy in association with UTC Artist Management Kae Kurd came to the UK as a political refugee at just six months old, his parents fleeing Saddam Hussein's brutal regime. In his highly anticipated debut show, this multi award nominated rising star guides us through a lifetime of displacement. Smart…