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American Refugee


American Refugee

The Counting House

38 West Nicolson Street
The Attic: AUG 1-25 at 16:30 (60 min) - Free

American Refugee

In a world where immigrants and refugees are hated and feared, American comedian and human rights lawyer Sid Singh wants to explore why. Why do we hate the people who come to our borders seeking the better life that we have told them they can get by coming? How do we solve a crisis that is growing not just by war but by climate change? Hell, how and who should we hate? Sid tackles all of these questions and more in a way that will make you laugh, but also learn! As seen/heard on BBC 3, Comedy Central UK, Comic Relief, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Scotland and more!

News and Reviews for this Show

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August 16, 2019   The Scotsman

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The fact that Sid Singh is both a comedian and a human rights lawyer should be enough to set him apart from the mass of comics competing for your attention at this year's Fringe. The novelty of seeing someone who could make a living standing before a judge, standing instead inside a comedy club working - that alone should be worth the price of admission.

Add in the fact that the price of admission is zilch and you've got an even more enticing proposal.

Throw in the fact that Singh has found a way to fuse these two professions into an entertaining, insightful and informative show about borders, bigotry and the sublime power of well-directed hate, and you've got one of the most unique, prescient and politically powerful shows of the whole festival. Click Here For Article

August 14, 2019    The Scotsman

This is a game-changer of a show, or at least it should be, because playing the game Sid's way, you get the feeling that your chances of winning are exponentially increased. Sid is a fan of hate.

And he wants to show us how to weaponise it in the right way, which, currently, we are not doing. He has not had the greatest of years – TV show cancelled, work visa expired, fired from a well-known improv company based in Amsterdam for being 'difficult' and currently here at the Fringe in a dodgy position, immigration status wise.

But we should be thrilled that border control is so … well, I will let Sid tell you about that. This is a powerfully political show that tackles all the 'isms and checks white privilege but not in a way you have heard before.

He is a human rights lawyer when he is not sneaking into countries to do powerhouse political comedy shows, and so when he talks, you really should listen, because his hourly rate is normally a lot more than a donation in a bucket.

There are big laughs here from unlikely places and we learn a lot about Sid's open-minded attitude to sexuality, racism in Amsterdam, the other side to the idea of kids in cages and Sid's confessed career as a gold-digger. Sid is brutally honest when he tells us that comedy cannot change the world. But what he does is bringing it closer. Please don't deport him. Click Here For Review