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Review: Sharul Channa Is A Pottymouth

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Sharul Channa fully embraces her title in this no holds barred, completely unfiltered performance.

Sharul Channa occasionally receives a request from her father for jokes he can share at the temple. We can only hope that he’s never tried, because just about all of them would be far too inappropriate to tell there.

From making light of mourners at a funeral to unflinchingly talking about her nether regions, there is no topic under the sun too taboo for Sharul Channa’s infamous pottymouth to tackle. With the second edition of Pottymouth, Sharul has come up with all new material to shock, titillate and leave audiences with mouths agape. Playing on the week of International Woman’s Day, Sharul also laces her routine with a call for greater equality, bringing up issues ranging from the wage gap between women and men to even the difficult topic of sexual harassment. It’s comedy that’s well equipped with a strong social message, and celebrates the female gender in all its oddities and joys, empowering through her punchlines’ honesty and relatability.

As frank and unfiltered as Sharul’s words are, they’re precisely what make her such a force to be reckoned with. Razor sharp with her social criticism and observation, she unabashedly speaks of the difficulty of navigating a ‘boob itch’ to even telling an oddly politicised version of the Three Little Pigs. A self-proclaimed ‘Shakespeare of the comedy world’, her humour ranges from the esoteric to the wild, and often, her words manage to simultaneously cut deep with their truths and still make you laugh out loud. There’s a naturalness to the way she delivers her material, and, like a good Shakespeare play, evokes both an immediate reaction and food for thought that will have you unwittingly letting loose a laugh hours later when you realise the deeper meaning of her words.

But where Sharul excels best is when she really puts herself out there and reveals personal stories and experiences. Similar to the material she covers in Sharul Weds Sharul,  one feels that she is at her strongest when talking about issues relating to her own family, from unveiling the truth behind husband Rishi Budhrani’s lovey-dovey Instagram posts, to wryly commenting on the melodramatic elements at her late grandmother’s funeral. Her relatability is her greatest weapon, especially so when she walks around the space and gives physicality to her words, allowing audiences to viscerally visualise exactly what she’s making a jab at. It’s wicked, it’s on the nose, and above all, it works because it’s so embedded in truth.

As one of the few female comedians based in Singapore, it’s always heartening to see Sharul come back again and again on the scene, genuinely funny in her own right and one of the best comedians around here, regardless of gender. We can’t wait to see her again when she returns in July for Dream Academy’s Happy Ever Laughter, and if this show is anything to go by, it’s proof that women in comedy are pretty damn funny and a more than worthy celebration of International Woman’s Day.

Performance attended 10/3/18 (Evening)

Sharul Channa Is A Pottymouth plays at the Drama Centre Black Box from 10th – 11th March. Tickets available from Peatix

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