Doctors must remain professional while on shift, but when Asante clocks out, he’s allowed to be his daft, hysterical self.
‘Living in Sin’ has one of the most creative and enjoyable way of breaking the ice and warming the act to the crowd. The audience are split into patients and doctors to create a fake scenario of illness and treatment. People’s imaginations go wild as Asante laughs along and wisecracks about the ensuing absurdity.
Being a doctor, Asante encounters all sorts of patients. This ranges from the insensitive, to the scary and something just the downright hilarious. Asante has seen it all and he gives us a really funny peak behind the hospital curtain. People often say that doctors have god complexes but that couldn’t be further from the truth with Asante who is humble and charming as he’s cracking the audience up.
His occupation was never really in question with Asante’s mother accepting nothing less. And it’s clear that his upbringing has played a big role in who he is now. Raised as a Catholic, but as a man of science, he was always scathingly logical about the Old Testament. Who knew you could undermine an entire religious organisation with facts about pig orgasms?
Asante is so much more than his job. This entertaining hour is packed with daft life experiences and innovative material including a phenomenally silly deep dive into a stranger’s Amazon reviews. He’s wonderfully flippant as he toys with racial stereotypes and refuses to shy away from his sex life.
Asante concludes his show with a message of solidarity. The world is a scary place, but our faith and creed are irrelevant as long as we can laugh through this madness together. Comedy literally has the power to heal, and he should know, he is a doctor.
Kwame Asante: Living in Sin
16:45 at Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker One (Venue 33)
August 18 – 28