Fringe shows you need to see: Nish Kumar
Nish Kumar

Nish Kumar is back at the Fringe with his most confident and poignant performance yet in Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud.

What is it?

Having hosted Have I got News for You on BBC 1, the fast talking comic is well on his way to becoming a household name with a spectacular show which had the audience laughing from start to finish. Known for his lecture like performance style, this show is dissection of the British nation and perfectly balances jokes with sincere political commentary.

Why should I see it?

Kumar opens the show wide-eyed and raring to go, he gets into his stride with entertaining stories from his youth and how he used to attend gigs alone, the audience are hooked.

His confidence is sky high, despite this he still breaks character to amusingly poke fun at himself throughout, stating that the Fringe shows are well received but for the rest of the year he performs to “around four people in a town hall”.

Fringe goers who are interested in political stand up will adore this man, his ability to pinpoint issues within our society and poke fun at them is incredible. However, at no point throughout do the gags stop, even in the segment about gentrification. A true wizard of his craft.

Stand-out moment?

Kumar, who is a British Indian, talks about an incident of racial abuse he received during a gig in London where he took to stage one night after Britain voted to leave the EU. What followed was an utterly hilarious account of his actions on that night and an uplifting tribute to multiculturalism.

How can I see it?

Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud, Pleasance Courtyard from 10 – 28 August at 9:30pm. Tickets available from

Anything else?

Nish confessed during the show that he is sharing Fringe accommodation with none other than James Acaster. An odd couple sitcom we would love to see.

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