Sean Burnett Dugdale-Martin
It felt as though Nokise didn’t have a set script or routine. It felt so genuine, and I can’t help but think about how the work of a great craftsperson is to make it look effortless, as Nokise does. He seamlessly goes from one story to another, right from the address of the Newtown tragedy at the top of the show. He was funny, insightful and present in the room, responding to silences, whoops, and call outs. I’ll admit I’ve started listening to his podcast since the show because I enjoyed him so much!
I will say that for audiences who aren’t politically engaged or interested then there are parts of this show that may not be for you! However, a large part of Nokise’s philosophy that is scattered throughout the show is that injustice and othering must be called out and dealt with. We know how to do it, we’ve done it before. Nokise ends the show on this theme in one of the most chilling endings to a comedy show that I’ve ever seen and I’m fascinated to know if it ends that way every time or just the night I went. Somebody go and comment under this review how he ended it the night they went!
Right About Now - James Nokise is a guaranteed laugh with some heartfelt and shocking moments sprinkled in. It’s obvious why he’s won the awards he’s got and has been given the platforms he has so do yourself a favour and catch this show between now and Saturday the 20th May, 8:45pm at San Fran. It was past my bedtime but I came out buzzing.