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Punchline recommends Alex Edelman: Just for Us

12 Aug

Photograph of Alex EdelmanWords by Suzy Romer

When Alex Edelman introduces himself as a Jewish comedian who spends a lot of time in New York, I immediately think joyfully of comedy heroes like the Marx Brothers and Moss Hart. It’s a shock when it turns out that the abuse he gets online and in real life is as repulsive as it was in the 1930s. He opens with straight-down-the-line smart, funny jokes before introducing, with charming reluctance, the central thrust of this year’s show. Earlier this year, Bridget Christie firmly encouraged this non-political young comedian to confront the hatred of Trump’s world in his show.

This is where Alex’s comic genius comes into play. He does what many of us feel we should do and takes decisive action with civility and optimism. I don’t want to give much away but the particular way he goes about it is so funny, so true to his own unusual personality and so brave that by the end of the show you come out with a thrilling, not to say frightening, adventure behind you. The ending is so satisfying you can practically chew it.

Alex is an amazing story teller and shares delicious details about Stephen Fry, Prince William and the BAFTAs with wry generosity and a mischievous sparkle in his eye. His warmth and hard-won wisdom make it abundantly clear that he is going places quickly and that it would be a good idea to see him now while he is still in the delightful Cabaret Bar at the Pleasance.

Catch Alex Edelman: Just for Us at 8pm at the Pleasance Courtyard throughout August

Read Alex’s answers to Punchline’s questions here

Punchline’s 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Recommendations

7 Aug

Here they are! Our picks for this year’s Fringe. As usual, we advise you to see these acts live as YouTube just doesn’t do them justice.

Photograph of Alex EdelmanAlex Edelman: Just for Us

With sizzling stories ranging from Stephen Fry and Prince William to Nazis, this bright young comic sheds blazing light on current themes in Britain and the U.S.

8pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Photograph of Lazy SusanLazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother!

An hour of comic perfection with a twist of horror that will stay with you long after the show. Who says sketch is harmless?

4.20pm, Assembly George Square

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Photograph of Darren HarriottDarren Harriott: Visceral

Easy going hour of top notch comedy from this incredibly assured comedian. Only in his second Fringe, he already has star quality. Get in there.

9.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Lou Sanders: Shame Pig

An afternoon delight with material as fascinating as it is explicit. Lou has a charismatic charm that has to be experienced live.

12.30pm, Monkey Barrel

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Photograph of Rosie JonesRosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes

After years of comedy experience behind the scenes as a TV writer, Rosie Jones is making a killer start to her stand up career with an impressive supply of wicked one-liners.

8.30pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Photograph of Tim KeyTim Key: Wonderdate

Worshipped by many, Tim Key recently made a splendid short film, Wonderdate, for the BBC. This is the live show along the same lines.

11.15pm, Pleasance Courtyard from 16th August

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Photograph of Suzi RuffellSuzi Ruffell: Nocturnal

If you haven’t seen her on TV yet, you will soon. Suzi upped her game last year and this may be your last chance to see her in a smaller venue.

9.45pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Photograph of Kieran HodgsonKieran Hodgson:’75

Kieran Hodgson reinvents himself yet again, this time with a new perspective on Brexit.

8.15pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Photograph of Laura LexxLaura Lexx: Trying

Laura Lexx has reached a new level in life and comedy. She whetted our appetite with her fantastic Punchline Q&A and we can’t wait to see this year’s show.

5.15pm, Gilded Balloon

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Photograph of Foil, Arms and HogFoil, Arms and Hog: Craicling

They have had a gazillion YouTube hits and deservedly so. High energy and polished sketches from this switched-on trio.

9pm, Underbelly

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Photograph of Felicity WardFelicity Ward: Busting A Nut

We’ve been banging on about her for years. If you have seen her you’ll know why; if you haven’t, get a wiggle on.

9pm, Pleasance Courtyard

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Most shows are on every day until 26th August and some have a day off. Please double check details and availability with the venue.

Punchline Quizzes Alex Edelman

8 Jul

Who puts your pants in the washing machine?

Screw you I wash my own goddamn underwear what’s your problem

Which words make you giggle or give you an inner flip of amusement?

The word ‘corpse’ is great. Also, Pete Holmes I think had a great joke about not understanding the word “non-fiction” and it really makes me chuckle now every time I see it.

Tell us about your favourite addictions.

I’m addicted to the smell of new post offices. You ever go into a new post office? It’s got it’s own type of smell. Also, I love a good view. I will hike to the top of a mountain or pull the car over on the side of a highway for a good view. I also love ice cream from a place in Cincinnati, Ohio called Graeters. If you’ve ever been to it you know what the hell I’m talking about. If I was being given a last meal for my vicious murder of a string of comedy interviewers, than I’d want Graeters.

I’m just kidding. I wouldn’t kill any comedy interviewers unless they asked me to pick a favorite comedy routine.

What’s your favourite comedy routine of all time?

I cannot possibly choose one. If I did a top 10, Brian Regan would be in there six or seven times. I do love Gary Gulman’s “State Abbreviations” bit, Patton Oswalt’s “Physics for Poets” bit, John Mulaney’s “What’s New, Pussycat?” bit, Maria Bamford’s stuff about her mental health, and so much of Steve Martin’s stuff.

Where is your favourite place to go for food during the Edinburgh Fringe?

There’s a chicken wing place in Edinburgh. If you really want to know what it’s called, come up to me in person after my show in Edinburgh and I will tell you. It’s amazing.

What’s the weirdest thing an audience member has ever said to you?

“I thought we were going to have to stab you for what you said about the Waffle House, but I think it’s probably OK.”

What have you learned about life through performing at the Fringe?

There were times in 2014 and 2015 when I felt so exhausted and on-edge that I thought my body could not possibly keep going but I think you always find – in the thirty seconds before you need to go onstage – that you may have this little reservoir of courage you hadn’t previously recognized.

If you could be in a sketch with any two living comedians, who would they be and what would the sketch be about?

Mel Brooks, Steve Martin. They’re having dinner and talking about how down to earth and kind they are. I’m the waiter they keep abusing.

Tell us about a coincidence or piece of luck that led you to where you are today.

A professor in college – Zadie Smith – telling me to travel more and that I should go study abroad in England instead of Australia if I was interested in comedy. Thanks Prof. Smith.

Who are you most excited about seeing this year?

Jacqueline Novak. Ivo Graham. Lou Sanders. Ramon Rivas. Kate Berlant – oh my god, Kate Berlant – Myq Kaplan. So many others.

What can you definitely advise us against doing in Edinburgh?

Seeing cabaret.

 

Alex Edelman: Just For Us at The Pleasance Courtyard at 8pm August, 1 to 26 August

Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Alex Edelman returns to Edinburgh with his third solo show. It’s about jigsaw-loving Nazis and tribalism. Come. In the last year alone, Edelman has performed on Conan, supported Beck and Ricky Gervais and saw his special, Live at the BBC, released on Netflix UK. A Boston native, NYC dweller, this millennial posterboy is wise beyond his years, remarkably self-assured and at the top of his game. He’s still Jewish. Hope that’s OK. ‘Boasting technical flair and a precocious authority, Edelman’s comedy manages to capture the voice of Generation Y’ (Guardian).

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