Former Texan (now Londoner) Kemah Bob brings a mix of deadpan humour and socio-political comedy to her show Kemah Bob: Bob and Buds.
Special guest Sameena Zehra is funny and engaging, talking about her relationship to her step-children, her parents, and how she plans her husband’s funeral whenever she’s angry with him.
She also provides us with the very true adage; ““Everybody is doing pretty much the best they can. But the problem is there’s so many arse-biscuits.”
Kemah’s own material is where the show really shines though. She discusses growing up as a black woman in Texas; going to an afro-centric school, her experiences of misogynoir, and her – possibly misguided – decision to go to a Christian college in the deep south.
Her act is filled with fantastic one-liners such as; “That was a very penis-y time in my life,” and “I wasn’t sure if people were racist or if I was sensitive, but I think I can be sensitive to racism!”
Referring to the majority of the audience as her ‘Caucasian sisters’, Kemah is full of advice about how not to speak to black women, as well as how to let someone know you find them attractive. She shares the best pick-up line she’s ever heard; “I think you’re gorgeous, are you into women?” which she highly recommends, and her decision to stop dating cisgender white men, “I have tried, I just don’t want to fight off micro-aggressions while I sleep.”
For a free fringe show the act is slick and never feels like it’s lagging at any point. Just don’t expect to have an easy ride, she’s not afraid to call out audience members.
Words: Ana Hine
Kemah Bob: Bob and Buds
Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 50 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NE
Aug 12, 14-26, 19.15, FREE