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Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter (CKP)

By | Published on Sunday 16 August 2015


As an Italian/South African immigrant who grew up on the Isle of Man, there’s a foreign yet familiar twang to everything Pierre Novellie talks about in his stand-up show. Through his culturally dislocated roots he manages to make the exotic and extraordinary feel very ordinary, allowing me to relate to Johannesburg home invasions in exactly the same way as other members of the audience, I’m sure, related to eating a whole pizza alone by themselves. Yet Novellie rarely lets his jokes build up, hardly giving them time to breathe. It’s only when his routines are fully fleshed out that he really shows his potential. He’s certainly a comedian to watch, but unfortunately not quite yet.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 30 Aug
tw rating 3/5 | [Robert Stevens]