Pierre Novellie is a blooming delight! He’s the kind of comedian who immediately puts a smile on your face and ensures it stays there for the entirety of his show. His persona is so enthusiastic and affable you can’t help but like him and his audience interaction, though not a hefty part of his show, is consistently quick witted and effective.
Novellie covers a broad variety of material in this hour, resulting in a show that laughs plenty and often. Describing himself as a ‘white giant’ from Johannesburg, his material stretches from the misrepresentation of Africa (thanks, in part, to Walt Disney) to his warm welcome by the UK’s racists and his mission to blend in seamlessly with English culture. The latter falls back on the usual observational comedy style jokes on the rules of the underground, never truthfully answering the question ‘how are you doing?’ and so on. Despite the hackneyed nature of these observations however, in Novellie’s hands they had a fresh, and utterly hilarious, angle. Alongside these more typical sources of humour there’s also much more unique references. The most memorable of these being a hysterical rendering of ancient Welsh law and its potential loopholes. He also makes good use of his South African heritage, discussing his alarming skill as a ‘racist whisperer’, deconstructing Disney lyrics and explaining beautifully the errors present in Leonardo DiCaprio’s accent inBlood Diamond.
There are a few moments that don’t quite work and he relies a little too heavily on jokes about the venue and his height. Those aside this is a delightful show with an accessible and charming sense of humour that will appeal to many.
Runs until 24th August