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Kwame Asante: Open Arms (CKP and ROAR)

By | Published on Sunday 13 August 2017

Kwame Asante is a doctor with a twist, as he’s also a stand-up comedian. Recently moved to a new city for his first medical job, he successfully straddles the two worlds of medicine and comedy, drawing out the humour in this fertile ground. We hear tales of terminally ill patients whose prognosis is explained with comical aplomb, all told with a clean-cut congeniality that wins us over from the start. There are some deeper undercurrents, like entering the terrifying world of adult responsibilities, as well as a laughably insightful section about what it feels like to be Adele. Generally the material feels quite safe and the ending is slightly incoherent, but this is a smooth debut from a likeable young comic.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Anna Williams]