Comedy: goodness gracious me

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Goodness Gracious Me has become something of a phenomenon. After two series, the British-Asian sketch-show was accorded its own theme night on BBC2. Now preparing the third (and reportedly final) series and with a new video on sale, the talented quartet (Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir and Nina Wadia) are this week taking their show on the road. Slickly directed by Anil Gupta, it is at its strongest in the role- reversal sketches. There can't be a white person around who hasn't simultaneously squirmed and laughed at the definitive "going for an English" sketch, in which a group of tanked-up Indian youngsters abuse the waiter at a Berni Inn in downtown Bombay.

Lewisham Theatre (0181-690 0002) Fri; Dorking Halls (01306 881717) Sat 27 Nov; London Palladium (0171-494 5020) Sun 28 Nov

James Rampton

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