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Review: Paul Chowdhry, Norwich Playhouse, a start-stop night of awkward laughs

PUBLISHED: 07:40 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:50 08 December 2017

Comedian Paul Chowdhry.

Comedian Paul Chowdhry.


James Goffin is left rather unimpressed by Paul Chowdhry’s start-stop style of comedy at Norwich Playhouse.

For a stand-up show that lasts 90 minutes, Paul Chowdhry delivers astonishingly few actual jokes.

There are probably around half a dozen genuine build ‘em up, knock ‘em down gags, weaved around a series of straw men claims of political correctness, mock shocking racist scenarios, and faked social media posts.

Mixed on Wednesday night with some of the strangest audience interactions that I’ve witnessed at the Playhouse, it made for a start-stop night of awkward laughs and pretend outrage that never really found its metre.

As he reminded us, Chowdhry has recently performed at Wembley Arena so there is a definite audience for his material – but then again it’s also booked up for the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience in May, so who can tell? Maybe it’s just that neither are for me.

Paul Chowdhry returns to Norwich Playhouse on February 3, 2018 with shows at 6pm and 9pm.

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