Mawaan Rizwan @ Pleasance Dome

Mawaan Rizwan's originality and imagination suggest he's a comedian with a bright future

Review by Sophia Shluger | 08 Aug 2018
  • Mawaan Rizwan

With his new walk, tons of mum jokes and flashy green track suit, Mawaan Rizwan is a feast for both eyes and ears. Touching on love and relationships, Juice distills from a personal core mostly how others have stolen his thunder throughout his life. Rizwan exhibits great panache as he showcases his myriad talents including rapping and dancing. His originality stands out as he offers up a convincing solution to the patriarchy using mangos.

Halfway through however, the frenetic tempo wanes and the narrative takes on a more intimate and revealing turn. The endearing Rizwan teeters precariously between having fun and impressing the audience. The shimmer of self-doubt that hangs about the piece makes it a little unclear what kind of show this is.

In sync with its title, the hour feels like something squeezed out of something more whole and interesting. But Rizwan's physical delivery of imaginative comedy mark him as having a very creative future. 

Mawaan Rizwan: Juice, Pleasance Dome (Jack Dome), 1-27 Aug (not 13), 5.30pm, £6-10.50

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From our August issue, Rizwan, Stephen Bailey, David Correos and Joe Sutherland on subverting traditional masculinity in stand-up