Aatif Nawaz: Aatificial Intelligence (Aatif Nawaz / Free Festival)
By Francesca Peschier | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2016
Aatif Nawaz is a man on a mission with ‘Aatificial Intelligence’, not to promote cybernetics but to teach people how to say his name right. But beyond improving our Pakistani pronunciation, Nawaz’s comedy exposes the bias and assumptions he deals with every day, in society and the media, in his role as soapbox Muslim, available for comment. Nawaz is a pro at putting his audience at ease, navigating what could be an old-fashioned, “where are you all from?” opener with real warmth. Though the show could be tighter, he tells stories with candour but without presenting them as ‘issues’. There is nothing controversial or scandalous in Nawaz’s show, but there are some good gags and great camaraderie.
Laughing Horse @The Newsroom, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Francesca Peschier]