Jonny Ensall

I'm an editor, writer and presenter. Currently editor of easyJet Traveller magazine, writer for NME and presenter for Audible Originals. I’m also the former deputy editor of Time Out London.

James Nokise: So So Gangsta comedy review

James Nokise: So So Gangsta comedy review

There's a lot to like in this clever show from Kiwi, James Nokise (pronounced 'No-keys-eh?'). For one thing, you learn how to say 'Samoa' with Nokise enunciating the name of the Oceanic island as 'Sar-mower. It's important to him that people get this right, because his dad is Samoan. It's a heritage thing about owning your culture, and about being yourself. Except that, the version of himself that Nokise presents when he skips on stage – wrapped in a dandyish scarf with matching pocketchief – isn't quite the real Nokise.

He lets his hair down mid-show, transforming, right in front of your eyes, into a scruffier, loucher person. Someone more akin to his 16-year-old self, when he was sucked into New Zealand's gang culture. It's not quite the performance you think it's going to be, therefore. And his anti-gangster polemic takes an unexpectedly topical turn towards the end.

But, though he backs the whole thing up with self-effacing honesty, and some PowerPoint slides, he hasn't quite understood the tone of British political debate. It's hard to blame him. Satirising Brexit is like trying to satirise quantum physics: extremely difficult, and most people wouldn't get it anyway. Still, he's a disarmingly likeable comedian. Better than so so. But not criminally good.

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Guy Masterson: Love and Canine Integration comedy review

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