Wednesday 10 August 2011 | By Jennifer Ajderian
ED2011 Comedy Review: Please Hold, You’re Being Transferred To A UK Based Asian Representative (Sadia Azmat / Laughing Horse Free Festival)
It’s hard to be Asian, to be female, and to sell car insurance. Sadia Azmat’s bite-sized show essentially spends 30 minutes telling us this, as well as touching on racism and dodgy hold music. Utterly faithful to her script, she starts off looking uncomfortable on the stage, but later becomes warm and welcoming, and is surprised when the tiny room fills with laughter. One-liners are well delivered, and we’re shown part of the world which normally stays hidden – at times in possibly too much detail. The production occasionally lacks flow, but this is something which may improve as the festival continues. On the whole, it’s not at all bad to be connected to this ‘representative’ – and there’s no annoying hold music either.
Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 4 – 27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 12:40pm (1:10pm), free, fpp135.
tw rating 3/5