Dane Baptiste: G.O.D (Gold. Oil. Drugs)
- Rowena McIntosh
- 17 August 2017
The new 'religions' are exposed by an unflinching and imaginative mind
A lonely shout from the shadows is the only response when Dane Baptiste asks a full house if there are any Christians in the room. In an increasingly secular society, his show takes a look at the new altars we worship at: gold, oil and drugs. Gold covers material wealth in all forms and Baptise exposes how much rich people can get away with, using the millionaire in Fifty Shades of Grey as a hilarious example.
It's a fantastic opening third, featuring a take-down of TLC's anti poor-man song 'No Scrubs', a series of brands based around his name, a list of his top three male gold diggers, and the only times it might be acceptable to grab a pussy. Throughout the show Baptiste takes an unflinching look at the realities of being black, the rush of adrenaline he feels when passing police officers, and the much higher likelihood of him spending time in prison. It can be uncomfortable, but the audience is absolutely rapt.
As he moves onto the subjects of oil and drugs, the quick-fire, imaginative humour of the gold section just isn't there as it begins to feel more like a talk. There's brilliance in here, just not a full hour of it.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug, 9pm, £12–£14 (£10–£12).