Combining sharp wit and crushing self-deprecation, Nish Kumar’s ‘Who is Nish Kumar’ is one of the Fringe’s better alternative stand-up shows. Energetic and enthusiastic, Kumar’s first solo performance at the Fringe is a success, as the pessimistic comic shines a light on the humours of daily life as a British Indian. From letting down his parents who want a doctor for a son, to apologising to a racist man in the street, Nish’s blend of pride in his Indian roots and a very British upbringing are augmented by excellent writing and a charming demeanour. Despite a packed first show, Nish’s well-rehearsed comedy didn’t create as many laugh-out-loud moments as he would have hoped, instead leaving the audience grinning throughout.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 3-27 Aug, 8.20pm
tw rating 4/5 | [James Valentine]