Dilruk Jayasinha humours Sri Lankan culture and racism in The Art Of The Dil
Whether he intrinsically can’t escape or chooses to comically indulge, former accountant Dilruk Jayasinha may never be able to evade the business order.
His apparel – suit jacket over tee – suggests he was in a rush coming from his day job and forgot to strip the outer-garment. His show title, The Art Of The Dil, lands a few letters shy of Donald Trump’s handbook and his constant citations to his previous job denotes some sort of homesick yearning.
Eccentricity which might seem monotonous to many is, in fact, the perfect identifier – a commercial chip forming the perfect basis for a fan following. To my naivety, Jayasinha is a step ahead having already garnered a legion of admirers for his frank, informing, not least candid comedy – the audience size testament to that.
So into the mind of the Sri-Lankan-born bookkeeper we went, meandering through religious variability, social sensibility and worldly prudence. A maturing timeline from his 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival showcase, Sri Wanka, Jayasinha dives not into self-pity but cultural enlightenment.
Ironically an atheist, the Melburnian opens up about the complexities of having a Buddhist father and a Muslim mother but doesn’t bite his tongue. Jollifying the fact that he’s got not one or two but three holidays to celebrate throughout the year puts his slant into perspective.
Predictably, his heritage was going to lend to discussions of racist victimisation and so it did, being called 7-Eleven particularly nauseous. Nevertheless, for the joker at heart, Jaysinha wasn’t miffed and found a way of mollifying it.
An established talent, Jayasinha was comfortable on stage but his show wasn’t without its flaws. Like a stubborn Oxford Dictionary, he fell into the trap of unwrapping theories of assumed knowledge while skirting ideas that weren’t so explicit. This led to blobs of silence where laughter wasn’t fluid.
Albeit, The Art Of The Dil welcomes a more daring Jayasinha eager to work hard for his laughs and edify his guests in the process. He showed maturity in not confining himself to defeatist or life loathing comedy which can be the source of a predictable show.
By Tom Parker