Bilal Zafar: Biscuit
- Brian Donaldson
- 22 August 2017
A warm stroll through the modern dating game
Bilal Zafar earned himself a Best Newcomer nomination last year with Cakes, the story of how the British far right went out of their minds (mainly via social media) when they were led to believe that a Muslims-only cake shop existed in Bristol. Zafar has continued the sweet-toothed theme as well as the format of showing how insane people can get when they have a high-speed internet connection and too much time on their hands.
EDL types crop up again as the darker side of Brexit rears its ugly (skin)head, though the thrust of Biscuit is the changing landscape of relationship etiquette. He tells the history of his texting-obsessed mother and cricket-loving father, putting their face-to-face courtship into the context of his own largely miserable attempts to find love through internet dating sites (the agency which requires applicants to fill out a marriage CV is both ridiculous and creepy).
Zafar describes his show as 'an amazing journey' but it's really more of a pleasurable saunter into the daft corners of the web where people seek a life partner. The title of his show recalls the Jammy Dodgers ('the most romantic of biscuits') which he chomped on at his brother's wedding. Bilal Zafar certainly has a warm heart, but we're still waiting for his comedy to really hot up.
Just the Tonic at The Mash House, until 27 Aug, 3.40pm, £5 (£4) or Pay What You Want.