3 August 2011
Imran Yusuf - Bring The Thunder
Following last year's show as part of the Free Fringe which was nominated for Best Newcomer (and I missed thanks to a printing error about the final date :-/ ), Imran has found a big 100 seat venue under the Pleasance. A bright, lively and (mainstream) intense comic, Imran weaves a good set of stories that stem from his unusual background (Arabic name, Muslim religion, brought up in East London, born in East Africa, of Indian Ancestory). Some of his gags are from safe material (immigrants) but he brings a different slant and seemingly fresh energy to it. His bits on religion and his personal pilgrimage are little moments that separate him out without being too cliched or relying too heavily on his ethic minority status. Imran is a very likeable "cheeky-chappie" that has a bright future ahead. An audience takes to him quickly and his material is entertaining enough without offending anyone. Three stars and expect to see more of him on watered down TV.