Dane Baptiste has become so good at constructing intelligent shows that he starts this one as you would an essay: by describing what he's going to talk about – convenience, materialism and highs. After which he goes on to expand upon them all, in the order stated, and then says he's done it. Perhaps it's the August timing – straight after nationwide exams – that makes this so appealing. And at each juncture Baptiste has points to make, tightly written and playful, with an underlying emphasis on respect for all.
The triptych of Baptiste's show starts with money. Clearly we live in interesting times, allowing him to segue nicely from commentary about Trump to a rather classy joke regarding where it is the president likes to grab. There's a financial division between the haves and have-nots, and as one who's recently been on the have-nots team, Baptiste touches on the not-altogether-new idea that people with money are cut more breaks. He's articulate and accessible, with a regular tempo of laughter that signposts him as being among the top tier of the profession. Hence his new semi-awareness of the minefield of options for his cash.
Baptiste's political edge feels softened, perhaps as a result of the amount of TV work he's currently writing for. He's playful, creating brands for his own commercial break – Babbi-leaks being a particularly enjoyable one that benefits from the time spent lingering on it. Finally, he turns to the highs that society pursues and the reasons behind that pursuit, from adrenalin junkies to his own weed dealer. It's neatly done, with some fine observations that continue the rhythm of considered gag followed by considered gag.
Throughout the show Baptiste's personal anecdotal perspectives are interwoven with his world view, and there's an overview that's slightly distant, but infused with intelligence and a desire to be fair-handed. His list of gold-diggers are men – he goes out of his way to divert any hint of sexism – although there's less regarding race than you might expect, considering his past material and the current climate. GOD is professional, funny and well turned out. And if I do criticise it, it's only that I miss some of the sharper edges that might not be so friendly in the wider broadcast media.