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Asian Provocateurs – Rule Britannia! – Free (Sajeela Kershi and Yasmeen Khan / Free Festival)

By | Published on Tuesday 30 August 2011

Bollywood and… porn. I’ll bet you never thought you’d hear the two together in the same sentence, never mind the same show. The Asian Provocateurs, Sajeela Kershi and Yasmeen Khan, bring their mix of sketches, spoofs, social commentary – and oooh, swearing – to the underground labyrinth that is Espionage. The naughty and ever-so-slightly potty-mouthed Kershi sounds uncannily like Dawn French – in voice and in manner – and the sketches dip and soar from cringeworthy to hilarious; that afore-hinted-at sketch about Bollywood porn is wonderfully bawdy. A Baron-Cohen style ‘Borat’ touch is indeed a suitably naughty twist at the end but these funny ladies need not rely on naff stereotype jokes for giggles: they are funny regardless.

Laughing Horse at Espionage, 4 – 28 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 6.15pm (7.15pm), free, fpp40.
tw rating 3/5