Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Kumars writer Nish won‘t be giving long words short shrift

COMEDIAN Nish Kumar isn‘t one to shy away from difficult topics.

COMEDIAN Nish Kumar isn‘t one to shy away from difficult topics.

His show at last year‘s Edinburgh Festival was titled

Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity

All very well, you might think, but how many DVDs is that going to shift in HMV this Christmas?

None, is the answer, strictly speaking, because the show — Kumar‘s fourth solo outing — wasn‘t released on DVD.

But the next one, based on this year‘s Edinburgh show, definitely will be.

Ruminations sold out and was one of the top 10 most reviewed shows of last year‘s festival.

This success has prompted Kumar to tour the UK for the first time following his stint in the Pleasance Courtyard, where he will be performing the self-mockingly titled

Long Word... Long Word... Blah Blah Blah... I‘m So Clever

Long Word... recently won Best International Show at the New Zealand Comedy Festival.

It will be coming to MacDevitts Studio at the South Street Arts Centre in Reading on Thursday, November 19, followed by Norden Farm Studio in Maidenhead on Saturday, November 28. The tour follows in the footsteps of two sold-out Soho Theatre runs in London, where Kumar recorded his forthcoming DVD, directed by Shenoah Allen of The Pajama Men.

In the new show Nish asks if comedy needs to be politically neutral? Why is comedy leaning to the left and is that even a problem?

He examines the changing political landscape and how as we‘ve become more liberal in our outlook on social issues, we‘ve become increasingly conservative economically.

He looks at a world in which a black James Bond seems achievable, but at the same time our financial system seems to be based entirely on the game of Monopoly.

And he asks whether the left is worse at branding its ideas than Islamic fundamentalists.

As well as his success at Edinburgh over the years, Kumar has performed on the Dave channel‘s

One Night Stand
and Alan Davies‘s

As Yet Untitled
. He‘s also a regular writer on Sky One‘s new show

The Kumars

Tickets for the South Street Arts Centre show are £11.20 and can be booked by calling 0118 960 6060 or by visiting

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