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Sanjeev Bhaskar Tonight and tomorrow

What do you mean, you've never heard the phrase "kiss my chuddies" before? Where have you been? This is just one of the catchphrases to come from Goodness Gracious Me, the BBC2 sketch show that picked up a gong at last month's British Comedy Awards. Although the performers are British Asian, the show rises above ethnic pigeonholing and possesses universal appeal. One of the four regulars, Sanjeev Bhaskar, this weekend brings his one-man show, "The Spiceman Cometh", to London. The creator of the Bhangramuffins, the Guru Maharishi Yogi and Skipinder the Punjabi Kangaroo, Bhaskar reckons the rise of British Asian comedians has helped slay a few stereotypes. "I used to hear comments like `I didn't know Asians had a sense of humour'. One or two of us apparently do."

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4201) tonight and tomorrow, 7.45pm

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