If you like your comedy to be intelligent, inventive, thought-provoking and delivered with a passion, urgency and enthusiasm that makes an hour feel like a fantastic ten minutes, then you’re going to love Nish Kumar’s show. If you don’t like your comedy like that, then probably just go somewhere else, but you’ll be missing out on a corker.
In an almost dizzying display of rapid-fire mental agility he skips through subjects – racism to insomnia, Google to how we form our opinions – with effortless brilliance. The underpinning theme, however, is the wonderfully contradictory nature of his own personality. Kumar is ‘principled but cowardly’, an overly self-confident egotist who suffers from ‘weapons-grade pessimism’ – he’s an over-thinking insecure insomniac with delusions of genius.
This is a truly impressive piece of stand-up from a comic in full control of his material and onstage persona. I came out of the show on a genuine high and, for some reason, with the words of the A Team’s Colonel John ‘Hannibal’ Smith running through my mind: ‘I love it when a plan comes together.’
‘Nish Kumar – Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity’ is at the Pleasance Courtyard, 7.15pm