AWARD WINNING STAND-UP COMEDIAN PHIL WANG RETURNS TO LONDON WITH FINAL PERFORMANCES OF HIT SHOW, KINABALU
Hot off the heels of touring Australia and New Zealand, stand-up Phil Wang returns to London with final performances of his critically-acclaimed show Kinabalu including a second run at the Soho Theatre from 22nd May to the 2nd June and the Underbelly Festival on the 7th June. Phil is a son of the British Empire. But in a world suddenly intent on building walls and bolstering borders, what is a Commonwealth man to do? A blistering hour of comedy gold – that’s what.
The Eurasian stand-up’s cerebral charm has seen him quickly become established on the airwaves. Most recently, Phil recorded a 15-minute special for Netflix. He is one of only two British stand-ups to join a sixteen strong line-up of rising stars for this upcoming series which will be released later this year. Other recent television appearances include QI (BBC2), Live at the Apollo (BBC2), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), Would I Lie to You? (BBC1), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4), Dave’s Unspun With Matt Forde (as the show’s regular Asian Correspondent), Jack Dee’s Inauguration Helpdesk (BBC2) and Roast Battle and Drunk History (both Comedy Central). He has also written and starred in two series for BBC Radio 4 with his2015 Foster’s Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award nominated sketch group Daphne.
An internationally-acclaimed live act, Phil has performed four solo stand-up shows (2017’s Kinabalu, 2015’s Philth, 2014’s Mellow Yellow and 2013’s Anti-Hero) in the UK as well as overseas at festivals including Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In 2016 Phil toured Asia – performing in Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.
Previous television appearances include The John Bishop Show (BBC1), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, Comedy Central At The Comedy Store (both Comedy Central) and a regular role in the BBC3 cult sitcom Top Coppers. He has also appeared on Funniest Moments of 2014 (Channel 4), Three at the Fringe (BBC3) and on Fresh From the Fringe and Best Behaviour (both BBC Radio 4) and the Comedy Live Lounge (BBC Radio 1)
For the full list of dates see: www.philwang.co.uk
What the press has said about Kinabalu
Stunningly insightful ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, Emily Hall
It is risky stuff but, as with much of Wang’s material, it comes wrapped in irresistible comic ribbons. These fall away so gracefully as a routine unfolds, meaning the full gravity of what is being said sneaks up on you – and before you know it, you’re laughing at something you really shouldn’t be…genuinely quite special ★ ★ ★ ★ The Telegraph, Rupert Hawksley
A unique and properly funny stand-up ★ ★ ★ ★ The Times, Dominic Maxwell
Closing in on standup dreamland ★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian, Brian Logan
Perfectly intertwined personal-political belly laughs ★ ★ ★ ★ The Scotsman, Jay Richardson
A clever, droll delight… in Kinabalu (named after a Malaysian mountain) he comes of age ★ ★ ★ ★ Metro, Sharon Lougher
A satisfying product of his brains, comic nous, and unique style ★ ★ ★ ★ Chortle, Paul Fleckney
Humorous self-deprecation, killer punchlines and just the right amount of risqué, he hits the target each time ★ ★ ★ ★ The List, Rowena McIntosh
Playful but also not afraid to have a controversial opinion…Wang is very funny★ ★ ★ ★ Beyond The Joke, Bruce Desssau
Wang isn’t afraid to quip about race, heritage and patriotism in a way that many other acts at the Fringe wouldn’t dare ★ ★ ★ ★ ThreeWeeks, Daisy Malt
An astutely clever and astutely silly hour of stand up…this is comedy with substance★ ★ ★ ★ Broadway Baby, Sam Fulton
The laughs really do come thick and fast throughout this confident and professional performance ★ ★ ★ ★ One4Review