Yaaas Kween is a wry, quirky comedy sketch show that brings to life scenarios we’ve all probably experienced at one time or another – or at least know someone who has!
The show is led by a talented cast who play on their diversity in creative ways to shed light on cultural and socio-political issues, often raising themes of fairness and equality through cleverly crafted jokes and plot twists.
There are plenty of funny moments in this show, sometimes designed to drive the audience to the awkward edge where you’re laughing at the absurdity of a situation and feeling the character’s painful predicament all too readily.
There’s a lot of material that’s relatable, in one way or another, for those who have experienced discrimination in some way, now played back with hilarity that nevertheless carries a sting.
The jokes are off beat and at times veer into the introspective, offering learnings and illuminating society’s collective deficiencies through satirical retelling of commonplace events, whether in the workplace, at a social gathering, or through social and traditional media outputs.
The skits themselves come from some surreal place, sometimes meditating on parallel universes to highlight unfair societal pressures, sometimes presenting innocuous, everyday beliefs and actions, often taken for granted, as potential sources of discrimination.
The cast move seamlessly through skits with twists galore, at times ad libbing and managing quite well to keep up with the plethora of topics for the night. Though the delivery could be a bit smoother, the small hiccups do not detract from the laughs and performance overall, and the impromptu elements make the show a lot more fun and interactive.
Yaaas Kween has a political and social justice flavour, so definitely check this out if you like seeing norms turned on their head, wrung inside out and displayed in all their dysfunctional glory through creative skit comedy!