Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WHAT ELSE IS NEW ... Comedy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WHAT ELSE IS NEW ... Comedy

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Byline: bruce dessau

PAUL CHOWDHRY Leicester Square Theatre, WC2 PAUL Chowdhry is certainly not lacking in confidence. He enters following a playfully bombastic X Factor-style introduction and soon reminds his fans that he has appeared on BBC1's Live at the Apollo. The first British comedian from an Indian background to do so. What he lacks is the drive to do more than skim the surface of some interesting ideas.

Chowdhry's show has the canny title of PC's World. Not just his initials, also a comment on our obsession with political correctness. It is clearly not something that bothers him too much, though, as he rattles through a range of foreign accents and makes quips mocking Nigerians, Poles and the French.

He can't be offensive, he argues, as he is just pointing things out. But when he stereotypes gypsies as thieves he goes too far. Elsewhere he does not go far enough. There are mentions of Ukip and Islamic State but he never scores satirical bullseyes with these sitting ducks. …

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