Sumit Anand @ Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose
Sumit Anand’s debut show does precisely what it says on the tin. There are no jokes about Godzilla. Nope, definitely not, not a single one
Over the course of the hour, Anand concerns himself with the irony of daily life and the fact that most of us, at our core, are a mass of contradictions and neuroses just bumbling through. Case in point: why is it so easy to cry at Toy Story, yet not when a family member dies?
This might not sound all that original – the irony of life is a comedian’s bread and butter – but Anand has a fresh enough take on these familiar topics to hold your attention for most of the hour. This is primarily down to his musings about how we have far more control than we’ve ever had, whilst being more lethargic than ever as a result – we just hit a button on Just Eat and essentially control another human.
When a joke fails to land, Anand manages to take it in stride and still get a laugh from his audience by addressing the failure. For the most part, anyway – there are a number of times when he addresses a joke’s failure to land when, in fact, the line went down well, he’s just working with a small crowd.
Overall, this is a fun hour of comedy about, well, doing nothing. It is, however, somewhat of an irony that Nothing About Godzilla even lasts an hour, having been a show in which Anand tells us he has zero interest in seeing anything through.
Sumit Anand: Nothing About Godzilla, Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose (Dram), until 26 Aug, 7pm, £9-12