Kinabalu is an uplifting, joyful celebration of entwined histories, growing up and having well-meaning if mildly racist friends. A child of the British Empire, recently deemed a ‘citizen of nowhere’, Phil Wang jumps back and forth from East to West, skipping through apparently unrelated anecdotes about race, family, feminism and masculinity, pulling apart our subconscious stereotypes as he goes. His sweet, nerdy energy disarms you even as he brutally exposes the hypocrisy that’s eating at your leftist soul. All this is woven around deceptively innocuous stories about haircuts, scary movies and buying overpriced lube in Waitrose, resulting in a cloud of appealingly subversive and engaging humour that warms your heart whilst critiquing our unbalanced world. As a whole, the show ends up being a beautifully interconnected web of stories about identity; what it is, where it comes from, and what to do with it now, cleverly disguised as a comedy act. 4/5
Phil Wang: Kinabalu runs until August 27 (excluding August 14) at the Pleasance Courtyard.