Comedy review: Omar Hamdi: In the Valleys of the Kings
Comedy review: Omar Hamdi: In the Valleys of the Kings

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Omar Hamdi: In the Valleys of the Kings, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith ★★ He’s got a Jedward haircut, a Muslim background and a Welsh accent – but Omar Hamdi hasn’t really worked out who he is as a comic. There’s some great subject matter. Hamdi is Egyptian and …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Omar Hamdi: In the Valleys of the Kings, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith

★★

He’s got a Jedward haircut, a Muslim background and a Welsh accent – but Omar Hamdi hasn’t really worked out who he is as a comic.

There’s some great subject matter. Hamdi is Egyptian and was there at the time of the Arab Spring. He has also delved deep into his emotions and family life and tried to work out how he feels about Islam.

Hamdi’s gags are based on the worst possible stereotypes and he needs to sort out his shouty delivery and his audience interaction, which is awful.

Assembly George Square (Venue 17), until 30 August, 10:20pm / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 20 August 2015

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