Konstantin Kisin is a fast-rising Russian-British comedian. A regular host at the Kilkenomics economics & politics festival, he has spoken about Russian humour on the BBC and played some of the UK’s biggest clubs including Top Secret, Komedia, Covent Garden Comedy Club, Angel Comedy, Camden Comedy Club and the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Ireland.
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Gig review by Steve Bennett at the Top Secret Comedy Club, London (East European Comedy Festival: English Speaking Comedy Borsch)
As temperatures turn decidedly Baltic, what better time for a festival of East European comedy? For expats in multicultural London, it’s a chance to sample a welcome taste of home for the 15 different nationalities represented, or a one-stop shop for any fans interested in the development of comedy across the globe.
In a savvy move, the festival offered a mix of shows in native tongues as well as English language showcase like this one, at the Top Secret Comedy Club, which brought the five-day event to a close last night.
Russia’s Konstantin Kisin got the show off to a cracking start, thanks to some astute comments about the British attitude to foreign languages that it probably takes an outsider, in a second tongue, to point out. But he’s lived in the UK for 20 years, so knows our mores, while his experiences also provide fodder for wry material on the poor-quality racism that’s been levelled at him, more dumb than offensive.
There were also plenty of sly asides about how we view Russia, which hit home the hardest. That reveals an interesting quirk about this gig: that everybody is instantly defined by where they come from. At home, they’re just a comic, here they get a geographical adjective attached to that which suddenly pigeonholes them, but can also give them an edge.
- “Regularly opens for us at weekends – he is great!” – Barry Ferns, Angel Comedy
- “Rising star” – Jill Edwards, Comic Boom
- “Got the show off to a cracking start” – Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk