Robert Newman

There aren’t many shows on the fringe that I’ve seen already – it’s not that kind of festival. Of those I have, I can cheerfully recommend Legally Brown by one half of the Aussie duo Fear of a Brown Planet, Nazeem Hussain. It’s a sardonic but good-natured account of being non-white in modern Australia. Better still is Robert Newman’s The Brain Show, an esoteric hour of erudite comedy from the activist, novelist and comic forwarding a bloody-minded argument against neuro-determinism. We are not, says Newman, our brains – contrary to what some might tell us.