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Cack-Handed: A Memoir

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I enjoyed hearing her stories of working with racists to coming out to her traditional African mother. I wish Gina had developed more on the private fostering side when she was placed in foster care, because this issue of Black British history is still relatively unknown. From birth, Gina carried a similar birthmark - a sign that she was her grandmother's chosen heir, and would fulfil Patience's dreams. If her mum was cruel for good intentions, no such latitude can be given to the ‘Step-bastard’ who entered the Yasheres’ lives… he’s portrayed as a weak, spiteful bully who gets his kicks from imposing his power on children, and worse.

Of course, you'll want to read it yourself, first, so that when Mom starts citing some of the random lines at you you'll get the jokes. It's clear she prefers the American way of life despite all the continuing obvious racism (which makes it no different to here). Her Nigerian born mother ruled with an iron fist and as a culture, Africans, like many others, in general aren’t particularly accepting of the rainbow of sexuality and I wanted to see how that turned out with her mom.

The powers that be in British broadcasting should have bent over backwards to keep Gina Yashere here and on our screens: she's a lot funnier than the comediams that appear on TV comedy panel shows, or who have their own shows. I do think the earlier chapters about her childhood/context of the Nigerian British experience would be considered more compelling to the majority of people than the later chapters which mostly detail her rise in the global comedy scene. We also learn that she turned to comedy as a way to mitigate some of the racialized violence she experienced and how writing this book helped her understand her mother and her history in a brand-new way. Same with her sexual discovery (she is a lesbian, I knew that going in), she talks about questioning her sexuality and slowly discovering it but we don't really get to know how or when she really accepted herself (she clearly does if you have seen her stand up or follow her social media). She describes the prejudice she faced growing up in 1980s England, discrimination that came from whites and other Blacks alike, and even within her own household with a step-father who treated her like Cinderella.

A collection of eccentric, addictive, and uproarious stories that combine family, race, gender, class, and country, Cack-Handed reveals how Gina's unconventional upbringing became the foundation of her successful career as an international comedian. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go get caught up on her appearance in Season 2 of The Standups on Netflix. From birth, Gina carried a similar birthmark - a sign that she was her grandmother’s chosen heir, and would fulfill Patience’s dreams. Gina was brilliant back then as she is now and always stood out, and most importantly, she was FUNN-AYYY.Despite the sad stories, at its heart, Cack-Handed is a comic routine and Yashere adds funny bits to every story.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. From birth, Gina carried a similar birthmark—a sign that she was her grandmother's chosen heir, and would fulfill Patience's dreams.I used to see her on Mock, too, and she has plenty to say about the British panel game industry and its diversity (or lack of). By this point, the reader has come to understand Yashere’s journey, thanks to the the variously entertaining, troubling, stories from her life, both professionally and personally, that she tells so engagingly and with more heart that comes through in her often hard-edged stand-up.

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