COMEDY: GIG OF THE WEEK
Saturday 12 June 1999
In the wake of the huge success of the TV and live versions of Goodness Gracious Me, British Asian comedy is on the crest of a wave right now. One of the comedians surfing it most adeptly is Jeff Mirza. He acknowledges the influence Goodness Gracious Me has had. "It has raised the profile generally. It has helped because people now think `Asians can be funny'. Beforehand, the stereotype was always, black people are cool and Asian people are doctors." Having said that, Mirza is keen to appeal to as broad an audience as possible. "My comedy is not for Asians specifically. I've played Inverness. There are no brown faces in sight, yet the audience still went with me." He appears on a bill featuring Manjit, a hip Southall DJ with added gags, Azeem, a former architect from Toronto, and Jemima Patel.
Croydon Clocktower (0181-253 1030) tomorrow
THE BEST OF THE REST
One critic has described Rainer Hersch as "the musical equivalent of Oscar Wilde - debonair, intelligent, witty with flashes of ruthlessness". He brings these qualities to bear in his amusing show which examines the inner workings of an orchestra, Rainer Hersch Conducts All Classical Music Explained: The Orchestra!. He shares a bill with Lenny Beige. Islington International Festival, Spiegeltent, Highbury Fields, London, N5 (0171- 689 0200) Wed
The Right Size
With shows such as Mr Puntila and His Man, The Right Size have established a reputation for innovative comic theatre and picked up the 1999 Olivier Best Entertainment Award. The company - comprising Sean Foley and Hamish McColl - are resurrecting one of their earlier hits, Do You Come Here Often?, a clever two-hander about two men trapped in a bathroom, for a national tour prior to a transfer to New York.
Oxford Playhouse (01865 798600) Tue to 19 June
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 2 Pub landlord captures moment customer falls over on CCTV – just like Del Boy did on Only Fools and Horses
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 4 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 5 How to gain confidence and maximise your sexual potential
Penny Dreadful, series 2 episode 1, review: We're back alright, but on very familiar ground
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
Eurovision 2015: What date is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
Game of Thrones, season 5 episode 4, review: Sansa in danger of becoming another footnote in Westeros' bloody history
Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show