British comedian Nish Kumar presents Hello, America on Quibi.
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Every year that presidential elections are held is a big year. In addition a, a financial crisis and a social justice movement, and it's 2020. But if you're British comedian Nish Kumar, all the 2020 craze becomes the fodder for his morning comedic show Hello, America on Quibi. The series, which started in July, deals with US politics from the point of view of a stupid British person, with a lot of wit.
In a series ofKumar explained the show and its unique take on the US election.
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"It's kind of like a British commentary on American news. The aim is to highlight the things we have in common in the special relationship between our two countries," said Kumar. "It's a news-based topical comedy show. It's being made in the UK by the British with the help of several Americans."
Hello America is streamed on Quibi and new episodes are released every Monday and Friday. As COVID-19 spread around the world, its original election-centered coverage shifted.
During our conversation, Kumar speaks at length about how much the pandemic, Black Lives Matter, and global protests against police brutality have changed Hello, America. He also explains why being a comedian, having bread thrown at you is worse than getting booed off the stage during a charity event.
Kumar's genesis as a stand-up began when he was racially abused by a man in a car. Kumar turned the incident into one of his first routines.
"This is drive-by racism!" said Kumar, laughing at the ridiculousness of it all. "It didn't have an automatic window, so he had to manually fold the window down and then open it again and drive off."
I should note that we recorded this interview in mid-July.
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