Chat Masala with Hardeep Singh Kohli *****
Debating Hall, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, EH8 9AJ. £12. 3-28 August 2011.
Show review 9th August 2011
I’ve seen Hardeep Singh Kholi many times on TV and rated him highly so came to his chat show with high expectations.
That said, looking at the line up for his show, Tuesday 9th August, I was a little apprehensive, for, aside from comedian Dave Gorman, I didn’t know his guests Wendy Wason and The Wranglers.
I needn’t have worried. Dave Gorman talked and joked entertainingly about touring Australia, Britain and New Zealand. He explained that for fear of letting himself and his fans down with an incomplete show, he deliberately hadn’t played at the Edinburgh Fringe for five years until this year.
It was interesting to find out that he hadn’t gigged at all during the past five years for the additional reason of having grown tired of non-stop touring and being away from home for months and months on end. Instead he’d occupied himself with other projects.
Next on, appropriately enough for this 2-4-1 ticket show was the very heavily 8 month pregnant Wendy Wasom. She was funnily enough something of a rarity, a Comedienne from Edingburgh. I have to say Hardeep had a point for in my seven or so previous visits I cannot recall seeing one.
Accompanying all this entertaining chat, were jokes and wisecracks from Hardeep along with him cooking Masala for his guests and discussing Indian food, with a neat gag aimed at the women regarding only allowing quality meat to enter their bodies.
Final act were the Beat Box act, The Wranglers, rounding off proceedings with a couple of numbers.
A thoroughly entertaining afternoon show thanks to the wit of the warmly engaging host. Just a shame I didn’t get to sample Hardeep’s cooking, but you can’t have everything.
The show has different guests each day. A great way to start the afternoon and is a show I’d heartily recommend.
Show rating *****
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