Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Nish Kumar: Long Word… Long Word… Blah Blah Blah… I’m so Clever, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.
It is a big year for Nish Kumar. He is 30 this month and has been in stand-up for ten years. Emotionally, there is a lot riding on this show for him. So it is just as well it is so stonkingly good then. This is a show without a lull, without a bum note, without a single moment to check your watch and think about where the nearest affordable food is. What we do get is pretty much a masterclass in comedy. This is accomplished stuff.
I rather feel that Kumar could do more for liberal-thinking (don’t say left-wing, that’s what his mother says) politics than all the harder line, more obviously angry boys put together. Performance at this level makes it a privilege to come to the Fringe and see it close up and sweaty. Monopoly and Mumford and Sons, James Bond and Hollywood casting catastrophes, American Pie and the Islamic State (separately, of course, that is not one of their eight movies), Einstein, political correctness, Tony Blair, Russell Brand and NHS 111. All of that plus climate change and a great Jeff Goldblum impression. The apotheosis of ten years in comedy. Worth waiting for, I would say. Kumar has a newfound polish onstage. A finesse and an ease that allows him to rant and rage against various machines and even rip into Adele in song and still maintain a warmth and accessibility that would – I like to think – have even a right-wing audience thinking again.
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) until August 30 / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 12 August 2015
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