Review: Daliso Chaponda: Blah Blah Blacklist, Gilded Balloon Teviot

Following on from his 2017 success during Britain’s Got Talent, Daliso Chaponda offers up his fresh take on our loss of role models with his show Blah Blah Blacklist. Focusing on how our numerous childhood heroes are steadily slipping into ‘do not discuss’ section of history, Chaponda ties it to his personal life.

Whenever you see a comedian on reality-contest television, you can often tell there’s a sharper wit laying just beneath the producers censorship. This is not to say either performance was in any way false, but free to use coarser language and engage in darker topics set his newer routines apart. 

Chaponda is sickeningly cheerful, bringing the most miserable of us to smile just at the sight of his grin. When people talk of ‘feel-good shows’ – this is exactly what they mean. Even with the touchy subject matters his insights into societal changes, without pressing too firmly on the Brexit button, are accurate, but also chuckle-worthy. 

Already a solid performer, what sells Chaponda is something many envies, even less can replicate; he just has a marvellously natural approach. Nothing feels as though he is forcing you to laugh or leans heavily on a punchline. 

His banter with the crowd is entirely friendly, coaxing the shyest in the room to join in. How could you not? The man is adorable. 

Daliso Chaponda: Blah Blah Blacklist, Gilded Balloon Teviot, August 1st – 26th (Not 14th), 18.30pm

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