EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: HARDEEP IS YOUR LOVE, Pleasance Dome, August 15 2014
The premise of Hardeep Is Your Love is Hardeep Singh Kohli's real-life experience of ending his marriage and finding love again. The only snag is that the woman he wrote this show for is no longer with him so it isn't quite the big love story stated in the programme.
Hardeep Singh Kohli's main strength is his ability to interact with the audience. He chats to the crowd at the beginning of the show and then references back to the same people later in the material.
Then it all gets a bit weird. The show turns into a kind of education about sex later in life as he talks about his first girlfriend after his 20-year marriage ended. There are some brilliantly funny moments but a few uncomfortable ones as he singles out some of the women in the audience and also admits that he hasn't always treated women with the respect that he should.
Hardeep Singh Kohli has a natural talent for improvisation and exchanging banter with the crowd and that is what makes this a good comedy show. He also makes a lot of valid points about finding his identity in 1970s Glasgow and the lack of Indian role models in western television and magazines. The basis for the show is flawed but there is enough material added around it that it doesn't ruin the routine.
Hardeep Is Your Love runs at the Pleasance Dome until August 25th.