Comedians Joel Dommett and Nish Kumar’s travel series Joel & Nish vs The World is currently showing on Comedy Central in the UK and Ireland. The programme follows the pair as they meet some of the fittest people in the world, taking on various physical challenges and exploring their lifestyles.
Basically, the show is exposing how soft we are in the West.
In the second episode of the first series former I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here contestant Joel Dommett joins a Maasai tribe in Kenya. He throws himself into every activity so cheerfully that he makes it all look a bit of a laugh.
Early on, he gets whipped at stick fighting, and although he clearly does well with the men’s work, the tribe get him helping the women as they clad huts with cow dung and carry water pots on their heads for miles.
Joel is also surprised to learn that the Maasai call lions ‘Simba’ as he doesn’t see how they can have seen the Disney “Lion King” movie. Clearly he is unaware that Simba is Swahili for lion!
However, gender equality seems a long way from the Kenyan wilderness when Joel’s guide, tells him that “there’s nothing a man does to help a woman make a house.” Also watch out for the moment a Maasai woman tells Nish that making people laugh isn’t a real job and tells him to change occupations.
Other locations featured in the series include Mongolia, China, Mexico and the Philippines, where Joel’s strict fitness regime with be pitched against some of the world’s most resilient tribes, such as the strong nomads of Mongolia and the Shaolin Monks of China.
Joel & Nish vs The World is currently being broadcast on Comedy Central on Mondays at 9pm in the UK, with previous episodes, including the pair’s Kenyan adventure, available via catch-up.