- Claire Sawers
- 17 August 2017
This article is from 2017
A patchy debut which struggles to be insightful amid blokey banter
Comedian Sundeep Rao, here for his first Fringe, is visiting from Bangalore where he was brought up with 'a British hangover'. His viewpoint – both as a visually impaired man and an Indian raised to believe 'white is right' – gives him an interesting, and yes, often very blurry, slant on things. He's turned any pity about his disability into a positive: it no longer annoys him when he's told he's 'inspiring', he just enjoys the perks of being able to cut queues instead.
Indian arranged marriages become complicated when disabilities are factored in, he explains. A disabled boy is equal to a girl in the hierarchy, but it's not clear whether he thinks that's good or bad. Stuff about an excellent visit to a brothel in Wales, being hit on by a 'dinosaur' woman, and his wife's nagging ('she thinks I've got an alcohol problem, I think I've got a wife problem') gets followed up with self-aware stuff about being mean to his mum for years and now regretting it, or going to couple counselling to work through his jealousy.
Unfunny impressions of 'foodgasms' aside, he blurs the lines between blokey, Brits-abroad humour and something more insightful. Maybe the show, like Rao, is still a work in progress.
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