Ola The Comedian at the FHM Search For A Stand-Up Hero final

Note: This review is from 2009

Review by Steve Bennett

Olawale Gbaja-Biamila, who sensibly goes by the name of Ola The Comedian, is a vibrant, likeable performer who refreshingly encapsulates a young, urban spirit.

His material, unfortunately, is largely superficial – bitching about fat people in KFC, pouring scorn on a woman he saw with six toes (which seems more than a little unkind), and revealing how he exaggerated his British accent while in New York to please the ladies – but he has an infectiously playful spirit that’s very forgiving.

Ola is the sort of enthusiastic, charismatic act likely to be plucked from the circuit by TV producers seeking a presenter to appeal to a youthful demographic; though for the sake of his comedy career he should stick at the circuit to develop his material beyond the fun but lightweight which he currently peddles and into the more powerful.

Review date: 24 Nov 2009
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
Reviewed at: Comedy Loft Camden

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