Ayesha Hazarika – Original Review | Review by Steve Bennett

Ayesha Hazarika – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2005

Review by Steve Bennett

Ayesha Hazarika is a second-generation Indian immigrant, brought up in Scotland who went on to be spin doctor for Patricia Hewitt when she was Trade Secretary. It's a background that promises much, though she leaves the politics out of it.

Instead, she makes plenty of her childhood identity crisis as the only Asian in the village – well, the posh end of Glasgow.

It provides her with a strong opening line and an equally sharp closer, although the set sometimes flounders in between, with some dubious puns and unfocussed routines about Indian parents’ pushiness

Hazarika’s sweet-natured friendliness helps detract from this, although her delivery isn’t yet consistently punchy, and she emits a little breathless laugh after every punchline which quickly loses its charm.

While there’s still work to be done – and she could certainly stretch herself more in the writing – her chatty set is certainly jolly enough.

Review date: 20 Mar 2005
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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