Posts tagged ‘Comedy’

August 17, 2014

Nish Kumar at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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A few evenings ago my sister reluctantly dragged me to see Nish Kumar, the stand up comedian, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  I’m not into stand up comedy but I laughed from beginning to end whilst sipping my delicious pear cider.

If you’ve never made it over to the Edinburgh Festival then put it on your bucket list it really lives up to its reputation as the biggest arts festival in the world. 

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May 18, 2014

Cracking Up: The Evolution of British Asian Humour

British Asian Comedians,Anil Gupta,Sathnam Sanghera, Shazia Mirza, Saurabh Kakkar

From L-R: Saurabh Kakkar, Shazia Mirza, Anil Gupta, Sathnam Sanghera at Asia House

It’s the second time British Asian humour has been the subject of debate and discussion as part of Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival and this year’s event was wonderful.  Everyone in attendance was mostly in good spirits (some wine helped of course!), eager to hear and participate in the discussion. Despite the lightness of the topic, Bunty and I left feeling we had learnt new things and subjects to ponder. The evening event focused on British Asian humour, its development as mark of cultural identity and how it has evolved since Goodness Gracious Me.

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Asia House invited Anil Gupta, Saurabh Kakkar (both writers and producers) and Shazia Mirza the stand up comedian. Anil Gupta is well known for the revolutionary and groundbreaking series Goodness Gracious Me, The Office and The Kumars at No 42. The evening started with a few

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May 10, 2014

Life And Laughter With A Diplomatic Wife

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Author Brigid Keenan is a charming, witty writer who knows exactly how to recall a lifetime of wonderful and disastrous events as the trailing wife of a diplomat.  I read her book Diplomatic Baggage after meeting Brigid at a dinner party one evening in London. We created instant warmth as we exchanged stories of India.

Packing Up – Further Adventures of A Trailing Spouse is Brigid Keenan’s latest book about her life in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Palestine.

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October 31, 2013

No Woman, No Drive

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You must have heard of this great twist on the Bob Marley classic released to take the piss out of the no driving rule for chicks in Saudi Arabia.
Sigh.
Let’s not talk about the driving ban, I’m likely to spontaneously combust, but how fab that finally SOME Saudi women seem to be waking up

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August 18, 2013

The Heat

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You have got to the The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy it is amaaaaazing and so so funny.  It’s a brilliantly performed story and one of my teenage heart throbs

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August 3, 2013

100 Out Of 100!

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Believe the hype! The Book of Mormon is amazing, the most funniest musical of all time. I didn’t know anything much about it in advance and I am certain that added to the enjoyment. The cast, set, lighting but most of all the script and lyrics are just so much fun!

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August 25, 2011

Lorra Lorra Laughs

Who doesn’t like a good joke? The top ten funniest jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival were selected by a panel of comedy critics and put out to 3000 voters. Nick Helm, a recent addition to the comedy circuit, came up trumps when his joke was voted the best.

His joke: ‘I needed a password eight characters long, so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’

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August 12, 2011

They’re Just Not Funny!

Have you noticed the lack of funny Asians lately?  Before you whip up the comments about the fabulous Goodness Gracious Me, may I remind you that it was written in 1996.  Nineteen ninety-six!  Asian stand-ups are uninspiring, I haven’t heard of anyone funny in ages.

I haven’t seen new comedy duo Asian Provocateurs yet

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April 22, 2011

Fabulous Darling!

Word on the street is that Absolutely Fabulous is making a come back with filming due to start pretty soon.  This is still one of my most favourite programmes of all time, my sister and I recently watched the old series and were crying with laughter.

I love the mainly female cast, wit, stories and of course fashion. 

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March 17, 2011

Asian Provocateurs

New comic duo, Yasmeen Khan and Sajeela Kershi  as Asian Provocateurs are finalists in the New Act of the Year competition, held at the Barbican London, this Saturday 19th March.

Regarded as the Asian French and Saunders, a rather big duo to live up to, their sketches include media spoofs, original characters and rather large dose of cross cultural references.

I wish them the best of luck as it is great to celebrate British Asian women and British Asian comedy.

Bunty