Hello, America host Nish Kumar tries to make sense of our dystopian nightmare

British comic Nish Kumar hosts Hiya, America on Quibi.


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Any 12 months that there is a presidential election is an enormous 12 months. Add to {that a} pandemic, a monetary disaster and a social fairness motion and you’ve got 2020. However in case you’re British comic Nish Kumar, all of the craziness of 2020 turns into fodder for his comedic morning show Hello, America on Quibi. The collection, which launched in July, seems at US Politics via a foolish British particular person’s point-of-view, with an ample serving to of wit.

In an episode of CNET’s I’m So Obsessed podcast, Kumar defined the present and its distinctive tackle the US election.

“It is kind of a British commentary on American information. It is function is to emphasise the issues that we now have in frequent inside the particular relationship that exists between our two nations,” stated Kumar. “It is a news-based topical comedy present. That is made in Britain, by British individuals with the assistance of a number of People.”

Hiya, America is streaming on Quibi, with new episodes launched each Monday and Friday. As COVID-19 unfold throughout the globe, its unique election-centric protection shifted.

Throughout our dialog, Kumar talks in-depth about simply how a lot the pandemic, Black Lives Matter and the worldwide protests in opposition to police brutality have modified Hiya, America. He additionally explains why, as a comic, it is worse to have bread thrown at you than to be booed off stage throughout a charity occasion.

Kumar’s origin story as a stand-up started when he was racially abused by a man in a automotive. Kumar turned the incident into certainly one of his first routines.

“That is drive-by racism!” stated Kumar, laughing on the ridiculousness of all of it. “He did not have an automated window so he needed to manually wind down the window after which wind it again up and drive off.”

I ought to notice that we recorded this interview in mid-July.

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Patrick Holland