Mamoun Elagab: Why I Love White People

Comedian Mamoun Elagab will not kiss your ass. He makes that clear as the white liberals in the audience begin to sweat, just a little. Now his show doesn't actually coinside with the title really. Elagab, who is from a mixed background, talks more about culture in general, music and his upbringing than cultural differences between races, but pokes fun at every stereotype with an uncanny 'white man' impression.

very witty and doesn't take the politics of race too seriously,

He's very witty and doesn't take the politics of race too seriously. However, as his set continues, it's apparent this show isn't really about race, or funny stereotypes as at first appeared. It's more a show in honour of his mother, wanted to be a comedian, but her life was cut short and she passed away when Elagab was young. In tribute to her, at the end of his act, he shows a video of his mother doing a comical speech at a friend's wedding in what seems to be the 90s.

Elagab takes the piss out of drill music, making some points about UK slang and has a whole segment joking about Kanye West and the insane things he has said and done in past interviews.

The show is definitely funny and has great potential. There are some references specifically aimed at the younger generation, which some might get, but others miss. It certainly needs to be tweaked in places. A slower delivery would help along with overcoming his tension to give a more relaxed approach.

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The Blurb

Rising star Mamoun Elagab brings his highly anticipated debut show to the Edinburgh Fringe. Born to academics, a dark turn put Mamoun's life into new perspective. This is not champagne socialism – this is the voice of the people. Finalist of every competition worth winning, including BBC New Comedy Award, Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year, Chortle Student Comedy Award. Alumnus of the Pleasance Reserve. 'A loaded wit and a mischievous way of tweaking liberal guilt' (

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