COM­EDY AN Au­Di­ENCE with iM­RAN Yusuf LAUgH­iNg HorSE @ ES­pi­oNAgE (VENUE 185) HHHHH

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Im­rAn yusuf is an im­mensely like­able co­me­dian with a cheer­ful, con­fi­dent de­liv­ery. his ma­te­rial man­ages to be friendly and ac­ces­si­ble and at the same time thought-pro­vok­ing – about Amer­i­cans and suf­fer­ing an­tienglish prej­u­dice, about cul­tural iden­tity and per­sonal in­se­cu­rity, de­pres­sion and re­demp­tion, re­li­gion and the BnP.

he demon­strates, with equal pas­sion, the “game face” that men have to adopt when at­tempt­ing to chat up women, the point­less­ness of ortho­dox re­li­gious “la­bels” and the dif­fi­culty of pass­ing the Cit­i­zen­ship test.

the hour is stud­ded with beau­ti­fully-judged asides to peo­ple (mainly women) in the au­di­ence. they are ob­vi­ously af­ter the man­ner of The Fast

Show jazz club’s Louis Bal­four, but yusuf works them well. he strays pretty far from the com­edy path at sev­eral points in the show, but has a good sense of when to sub­vert, when to tag and when sim­ply to break off and turn a corner. Be­cause of the dis­parate na­ture of the in­gre­di­ents here, there is some­thing of a feel­ing of his com­edy blender lack­ing the power to mix them into a proper show.

But this is an in­ter­est­ing and en­ter­tain­ing hour, though Im­ran yusuf re­grets there will be no di­nosaur im­pres­sions in this show.

kAtE COp­stiCk

Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day 4:30pm.

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