Born in Pakistan and now a resident in America, Kumail Nanjiani deserves to make a definite impression on this side of the pond, with a show that focuses on his religious upbringing, strange fears and films with self-embedded porn. The comic timing is occasionally a little off, and some set-ups are a little too long, but the richness of the material more than makes up for this. Nanjiani discusses the problem of getting a ”specialist” tape stuck in a video player, going into a creepy attic wearing a colander, and just how traumatic children’s birthday parties can be in Pakistan. A punchy, consistent and howlingly funny Festival Fringe début.
Assembly Roxy, 2-27 Aug (not 13), 8.00pm
tw rating 4/5 | [Kirsten Waller]