Because Of Reginald D Hunter’s greater exposure on television, particularly on Have I Got News For You, there are large, sell-out crowds for his show at Udderbelly ‘s Pasture. However, anyone expecting the gentle comedy act seen on TV may be in for a big surprise. He refers to this immediately at the start, letting the audience realise that this show is going to have strong language and that a major topic is going to be sex. He says “This is my show, not Paul Merton’s”.Indeed, sex and relationships form a large part of the show and Hunter does not hold back a great deal. He is in a slightly anomalous position in society and much of his humour is derived from this. He is black but most of his audience is white. His ex-girlfriend was white and from a middle-class family. He is from Georgia but has lived in the UK for twelve years. Although, to our ears, he has a very strong Southern drawl, his family accuses him of having a British accent. Even worse, they don’t appreciate or understand the sarcasm and irony that he’s developed since living here. Perhaps he sees himself as the ultimate outsider.In a more serious vein, Hunter tells us of his relatively few experiences of racism in Britain, and the mildness of racist and sexist language here, compared with the States. He talks briefly about his childhood and his relationship with his parents. He also discusses President Obama, about whom he has some doubts.The show is very fun and worth seeing, but don’t expect the same person that you see on TV.

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