Advantages Entertaining, fun, clever, loved it!
Disadvantages Swearing means it is not suitable for young children.
I first noticed Hardeep Singh Kohli back in 2004, when the brilliantly funny Meet The Magoons was shown on Channel 4. Since then, his most well-known jobs have probably been as a presenter of various sections of The One Show and reaching the final of Celebrity Masterchef in 2006.He is a writer, an actor, a TV presenter, a comedian and a great cook. He is 41, a Scottish Sikh known for his brightly coloured turbans and I think he’s brilliant! So when I discovered he was coming to Bristol in his 2010 Nearly Naked Chef tour, I had to go and see him. Tickets cost £14 and he appeared at the Tobacco Factory last night.
The Tobacco Factory is an intimate theatre and we had great seats on the second row. The place was full and the ages of the audience ranged from around twenty to some in their seventies, I should think, so it was a good mix.
It would be incredibly hard not to like Hardeep. He looked rather eccentric in his lilac turban, navy kilt, socks, trainers and a ‘Chic McSikh’ T-shirt – but I thought it was great! He is charming, endearing, warm, a wonderful speaker and hits just the right note in his humour. He tells some stories about his encounters with racism in Britain and although these are moving and revealing, he doesn’t tell them in a bitter way or a preachy way, but in an incredibly funny way. However, the audience also learns from these stories.I could certainly relate too. He says how he often gets asked where he is from and replies “Glasgow” when they really mean “Where are your parents from?” or in other words, “Why are you that colour?” When I was married to my first husband, he was mixed race and we often had to deal with the “Where are you from?” question, when his answer was “Surrey”!
He was beautifully eloquent about his time in the Celebrity Masterchef final and his views on why he didn’t win. This involved a very detailed mime of him putting his dessert into the Masterchef freezer. At one point, he realised he had left his invisible knife in the invisible freezer and had to mime taking it out again. (It was much funnier than how that sounds!)We heard about his playing poker with Dexter Fletcher and Jamie Oliver, his first job in television and many anecdotes about his wonderful family and how he became interested in cooking. I can’t promise you will hear all of these stories if you go to one of his shows though, as a lot of it seemed unscripted and when prompted by something from the audience, he would go into another interesting aside or funny tale.
He interacted beautifully with the audience too, as he would ask people questions.
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