Star rating: *****
Assembly George Square Studios One. Venue 17
Show Review Date: Monday 4th August 2014
The show runs from 30th July – 10th August 2014, then tours the UK
Paul Chowdhry was on cracking form as he tackled the PC world we live in today.
Race, class and sexism were all humorously covered during his show. He engaged superbly with his audience, ribbing the couple centre stage in the front row and many other attendees who were caught in his sights. One man had travelled for 8 hours on a coach all the way from Northampton to see him. PC decided he’d better make it worth his while. He certainly did and had the audiences in stitches with his material, off the cuff asides directed at attendees, late comers and those nipping out for comfort breaks.
Paul Chowdhry is an extremely funny, quick witted and engaging comedian who commanded his audience’s rapt attention throughout his entertaining show. There were enjoyable asides re his experiences filming TV shows such as ‘Live at The Apollo’ interspersed with some very funny jokes on racial politics, relationships, religion and sex. Nothing was too sacred to be tackled by Paul Chowdhry.
Proceedings got surprisingly edgy when he asked if anyone was against gay marriage. As was he. One lone voice piped up to agree. Well, you could feel the tension. It was as if he’d asked if anyone supported paedophelia. The gentleman explained his belief being based on this being against Christianity and the teachings of the bible.
Leviticus 18:22 – Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
Leviticus 20:13 – If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.
He went on to deliver an un-expected and very funny punchline to this material. Considering that around 95% + of the audience were probably heterosexual it was somewhat surprising, doubtless due to politically correctness, that more were not vocal in advocating this view. I guess it was a clear sign, if ever one were needed, that we do live in a PC world. Thank God for people like Paul Chowdhry who are unafraid to share their honest, if not politically correct, views out there.
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