A Piggy Interview WithDharmander Singh (Bollywood and Birmingham to Berlin and Brexit)

Performer: Dharmander Singh
Photograph by: Stefanie Ren
Show: Bollywood and Birmingham to Berlin and Brexit
Venue: Laughing Horse at the City Cafe
Promoter: Indie
Online: Box Office Facebook Website


Tell me about your Edinburgh show.

It’s a show about identity and nationality. It’s my journey to find out what my identity is as a first generation Asian growing up in Birmingham and living in Berlin.


Tell me about your first gig.

My first gig looking back now was probably when I was about 7 and had to tell jokes at a school assembly. I smashed it with some Krankies material.


Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

I try to remind myself that I am actually funny.


During this Edinburgh run, do you plan to read reviews of your show?

Like every other comic I will say that I don’t care about reviews but like every other comic I will be lying.


How do you feel about reviewers generally?

If they give you a good review, they have their finger on the pulse of comedy and they are geniuses. If they give you a bad review, they know nothing (John Snow).


In April 2018, YouTube comedian, Markus Meechan (aka Count Dankula) was fined £800 for training his girlfriend’s pug dog to do a Nazi salute with its paw, in response to the phrase ‘Gas the Jews’. Do you believe Meechan committed a criminal offence, and why?  

I don’t think it was a criminal offence just a comedy one.


Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?

No, not if done with the right intention and if it is actually funny.


Have you ever gone too far?

Oh yes , definitely but I promised never to speak of it again.


Looking back over your time as a comedian, tell me about the best gig of your career.

Without sounding like too much of a div, there have been too many to mention. I have enjoyed different gigs for different reasons. I have performed in front of over 1000 people at an open air event but then again enjoyed a gig infront of 20 people in a pub in Tipton more.

Dharmander Singh was talking to Wrigley Worm.

Published Friday, June 22nd, 2018

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