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Reginald D Hunter: An American Facing The Beast and Niggas

at EICC

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A Fringe favourite returns once again to deliver a well-crafted trademark combination of anecdotes and humour

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Fringe veteran Reginald D Hunter returns once again with a show that combines outrageous humour with stories on his past twenty-one years in the UK as well as his family and upbringing in Georgia.

Whilst Hunter’s purely controversial routines gain the biggest laughs and groans from the audience, such as his bizarre dream involving him in a canoe with such illustrious celebrities such as Katie Price and O. J. Simpson that caused walkouts when he told it in Ireland, it’s his personal anecdotes about his family that truly demonstrate his skill at intertwining his storytelling ability with his capacity to shock and surprise, which can be seen in his anecdotes about his religious sister handling a phone pervert and his mother’s unconventional relationship with the white women she worked for.

Hunter also addresses Brexit in his own idiosyncratic way, explaining the former to his 99 year old father in terms of lottery tickets, as well as providing a similar approach when he moves onto the issues tearing America apart, providing a darkly-funny manifesto for his hypothetical presidency that features a novel approach to stopping gun crime. This last area allows Hunter to branch off into a detailed story about filming his latest BBC documentary that hilariously highlights the British underestimation of Deep South racism as well as providing a mental image of Hunter dressed in a Confederate uniform.

An American Facing The Beast and Niggas (and yes, Hunter once again does go into his use of the dreaded ‘N-word’ in the title) is another successful blending of anecdotes and dark humour from a comedian who has been doing this for long enough now that it seems effortless. Hunter manages to inform, entertain and offend in equal measures whilst keeping the audience on his side for the entirety of the show, which is evident from the thunderous applause he received at the end.


Adam is a budding film reviewer who is still working out how to use his Masters in Film Studies from Aberystwyth University. His main hobby is watching films, especially Hong Kong action cinema, although he has no (actual) knowledge of martial arts whatsoever! His other interests include stand-up comedy, but only as an audience member, and reading books about film. His quest to obtain a social life is still ongoing...

Dates

  • EICC, Edinburgh
    from 1 Aug 2018 - 26 Aug 2018

Comments

3 Responses to Reginald D Hunter: An American Facing The Beast and Niggas

  1. PG says:

    No no no this was dull dreary sorry excuse of a show. Tired misogyny posing as controversy.

    Totally dead atmosphere in the theatre.

    We went to see Danny o Brien afterwards- he was funny, witty, thought provoking and had the whole audience in stitches!

  2. David Swanston says:

    Never a 5 Star show, not this year. Rambling, stumbling and poorly delivered RDH seemed out of place and out of touch with the audience in this venue. I am and will remain a fan but the show on 24/08/2018 was a stinker.

  3. Helen Beaton says:

    Have to agree with other reviewers. Had seen RDH before so looked forward to seeing him again but was bitterly disappointed. He appeared ‘depressed’ and not in touch with the audience at all. His parting comment of ‘fulfilling his contractual obligation’ says it all, looked as if he would have liked to have been anywhere else.

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