Where: Garden of Unearthly Delights
When: 20 February – 1 March
I’m a fan of Nina Oyama’s from the internet. I think she’s funny on Twitter, cum jokes and all. I’ve followed her loosely over the last year or so and was really excited to see her run at the Garden — that’s like big stakes for comedians. In her new show, Nina is taking a break from her other TV work and just being herself. And herself doesn’t disappoint.
Nina is effortlessly charming. She can talk some absolute rubbish and still leaves me grinning. With her jokes skipping from topic to topic, from wanting to shake Dave Hughes’ hand to the housemate salute (if you know you know) to coming out as bi, it’s gross out and silly, but very fun. Nina doesn’t take herself too seriously. Sure, she might forget a line or mess up a word, but it leaves her unfazed.
Overall, this is a great, genuine show. Nina is less performing and more having a one sided conversation with the audience, and that’s what I like about it. It’s early days for Nina — she’s just 26 and this is her second headliner show — but I know one day a young comedian will be excited to shake her hand, too.
3 out of 5 stars