Review: Reginald D Hunter, Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot
If you don't think that white people in the UK have any experience with racism, Reginald D Hunter has a suggestion: "Just ask any English people who've moved to Wales," he says.
The charismatic UK-based American comedian, familiar to many for his regular panel TV show appearances, rolled into Port Talbot with his latest tour, In the Midst of Crackers.
In support was promising Canadian funnyman Pete Johansson, who also joked with the near capacity crowd about foreign nationality, but mainly — and at times to great effect — spoke about the most Canadian of topics: bears.
Reginald took over following the interval, and explained right at the top of the show that, for the past six months or so, he's developed an incredible knack for offending people — none so spectacularly, and newsworthy, as the English Football Association. Naturally turning the whole affair into part of his routine, Reginald pointed out how shocking it must have been for Premiership footballers to hear the N-word ... off the pitch.
No topic was too taboo, and while Reginald did well to justify the discussion of his chosen subjects, their inclusion was at times unnecessary, being at his funniest when focusing on more conventional issues such as his family, or simply kicking back and chatting with the locals.