Words: Calum Baxter
Dane Baptiste, the first Black British act to be nominated for the “Best Newcomer” award at 2014’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards, has returned to the festival after a 5-year absence and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has missed him greatly. The stand-up comedian, writer, presenter and actor has kept himself extremely busy writing for Idris Elba at the 2018 FIFA Awards, hosting Live at the Apollo and embarking on a world tour, including Australia and New Zealand, with his third stand-up hour in 2018. All this as well as creating and writing the BBC pilot Bamous in 2020 and continuing to host his own podcast where guests are invited on to discuss the important questions with himself and producer Howard Cohen.
I’ve been enjoying listening to the podcast, Dane Baptiste Questions Everything, and to this end his stand up set this afternoon followed a similar vein. It centres on a man in his early 40s soon to be first time father, who despite conceding he would like to have mellowed over the last few years, is still striving to talk truth to power and call out the hypocrisy in today’s society. He even questions whether he, himself, needs to re-evaluate some of his own past behaviours and unhealthy negative assumptions of others so he can become a better role model to his child.
The show delivers a very thought-provoking and funny hour of comedy that, whilst not providing many answers, leaves the audience with much to ponder over.
Dane Baptiste: Bapsquire
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