2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘An Indian Comedian: How Not To Fit In’

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Comedy Hour at the Argonaut was nearly cut short, due to a block-long power outage. Folks lined up early on H Street, awaiting Krish Mohan and his FRINGE presentation when staffers invited guests to the rear patio – quickly assembling a makeshift performance space with stackable chairs and boisterous roadside commotion. Mohan was not equipped with a microphone, nor was he able to utilize pre-planned show projections, yet the funnyman showed seasoned professionalism in An Indian Comedian: How Not To Fit In.

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Laughter doesn’t come naturally to audiences when they’re forced to sit in the sticky humidity of 92 degree sunshine. An additional barrier to jump over, Mohan combats the elemental influences crisply, presenting a set list that includes humorous personal stories of racial questioning, Indian, sexual prowess, and cross-international bigots. The ‘touchy’ subjects are addressed with a personal approach from lifelong experience – the show could’ve been aptly named, “How I Dealt with Idiotic Americans.” Opposed to foreign nations, Mohan criticizes the lack of originality in modern, western-world racism, “Those Spanish soccer fans are throwing bananas at the opposing black players. Those are some prehistoric levels of bigotry, right there!”… He continued by condemning the cliché white-populous assumption that all Indian people smell like curry.

Two-thirds had passed in ‘Comedian’ when a drunken woman interrupted Mohan in the middle of his good cop vs. bad cop, shtick. He had not meant to push any buttons leading to personal offense, when this woman abruptly called attention to herself, speaking in agreement with the comedian’s personal stances on protecting the lives of black youth. Based on the delivered material, this was a less-than humorous moment of the show to begin with (more of a populous standpoint on gun safety), so the obnoxious personality from the performance’s uninvited guest did little to effect the momentum of Mohan’s creation. She left, the show continued, and An Indian Comedian: How Not To Fit In steadily concluded after an hour of sweat, chuckles, and beer.

Running Time: One hour, with no intermission.

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An Indian Comedian: How Not To Fit In is playing through July 17, 2016, at The Argonaut – 1433 H Street NE, in Washington, DC. For tickets, call (866) 811-4111, or purchase them online.

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Benjamin Dennis
Native to southern Pennsylvania, Ben Dennis is a writer, actor, singer and drama critic, all the while studying at Penn State University. Featured in The Record Herald, Shippensburg News-Chronicle, and Centre Daily Times, Ben’s theatrical pieces have received rave reviews from theatre-folk and new audiences alike. The 2014 Totem Pole Award Winner for “Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role”, Ben has taken an abundant passion for performance art in new directions, frequently seen as a theatre reviewer and commentator of summer-stock, collegiate-level and professional productions. Additionally, he believes in the power of up and coming talent in youth environments, advocating for arts education new theatrical interests.