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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Harun with a View – The Blue Man

Reviewer: Simon Topping

Harun Musho’d walks onto the stage in a lovely grey suit; he later confesses is from BHS. A tall, bespectacled man he is, possibly, the first person ever to control their walk on music with a watch; the crowd wow at the technology. This is the start of Harun With A View, a journey into the mind of the half Swiss, half Sri Lankan, part Muslim, part not, comedian from London.

Talking “a little bit politics”, to coin a Ben Elton phrase, Musho’d has a conspiracy theory on how the Iraq war started, some choice words for Brexiteers and dissects the thinking (or lack of) behind Trump economics. This is mostly funny and is well received in the room but feels like standard comedy club fare hundreds of comedians will be commenting on up and down the country.

More interesting material comes as Musho’d talks about the large family he comes from and its dynamics. His philandering father and alcoholic mum are just the start. We laugh at the description of his brothers’ chaotic life and how he “Broke Take a Break magazine” and lose track of the complexities of the family tree, in this delightful section of the show. A whole fifty minutes just on the topic of Musho’d‘s family would have been a joy.

Musho’d has not quite found his comedy voice yet, but is a likable and funny comic and worth a watch in the future.

Runs 31 May and 1,4 June 2017 at The Blue Man

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