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Imran Yusuf – Roar Of The Underdog (Live Nation)

By | Published on Friday 15 August 2014

Riffing on his international ancestry and upbringing with witty insight, Kenyan-born, British-raised Muslim Imran Yusuf has plenty of source material on cultural differences and whether you can ever fit in anywhere. It’s uncertain whether his background qualifies him to be quite so barbed about various nations and some jokes fall shy of the funny line. This said, his gags about the perils of Catholic god-parenting, the daft inadequacy of Western fundraising efforts and just how many African people that bathtub of baked beans could feed hit right on target. The room is a little slow to warm up, and Yusuf’s rapport-building attempts have mixed results but his genuine warmth and desire for equality comes across well enough to have me on his side by the end of the set.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Laura Gavin]