MICF: Jeeves Verma He’s Just Not That India (3.5 stars)

Jeeves Verma, a lovely, kind-hearted comic from Sydney warms an intimate space at Belleville– bar/restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD with his cultural comparison show He’s Just Not That India.

Verma explains the struggle of having Indian parents understand his lifestyle choices with strong, humorous impersonations and graphs. The show begins with Verma’s impersonation of his Dad- really stripping back the feathers of the classic ‘why did the chicken cross the road joke?’ taking audience suggestions, and turning them into golden comic eggs.

His description, and impersonation of his mother commenting on his life choices, is the main running theme of the show. Her reactions to Verma’s choosing comedy over a medical career, her pestering Verma to lose weight, and the 47 missed calls he received when he didn’t answer the phone one day.

Verma highlights the things he noticed Australia had taken from India, including the ‘Colour Festival’- which we unfortunately made it into a running event, and the concept behind the TV show Married At First Sight. His comments on cricket are very relatable – even for those Australians who aren’t fans. He describes it as a game where four people have all the fun, making the suggestion that we replace the fielders with hills – so the ball just rolls on back.

His Bollywood version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is particularly animated and amusing. Complete with the dance moves!

Jeeves Verma He’s Just Not That India is an endearing, honest show, performed as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

When: 4th – 16th April 2016

Where: Belleville (Globe Alley off Little Bourke Street)

Tickets: $10 – $22

Info: Duration 50 minutes, suitable 15+

Link: https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2016/season/shows/he-s-just-not-that-india-jeeves-verma