Ahir Shah & Alex Maple (3 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Ahir Shah & Alex Maple

Raw talents in unfettered mayhem

A few years back, a show entitled It’s a Shambles won the Perrier Best Newcomer award. If that moniker hadn’t already been snapped up, it could so easily have applied to this ramshackle affair. And yet, rather than making this an hour of difficult viewing through semi-closed fingers, the motorway pile-up quality of One Boy. One Man. Two Comedians actually draws you in. This is probably because these two aspiring comics will eventually go places once their individual voices have been moulded.

For now, Ahir Shah is a ball of unfettered teenage energy which occasionally trips him up as he hops around his subjects, while Alex Maple has a nice if overly-familiar line in punchy borderline-offensive gags. Shah jokes later that Jimmy Carr has phoned asking Maple if he can get his face back: he could have also requested the safe return of his vocal intonation and material. If they’ve learned two things from the show, it should be to ditch the pre-recorded ‘satire’ and try to chill out a bit when they know BBC reps and a reviewer are in the room. Critical acclaim and TV deals might not be theirs for the taking yet, but a taming of their raw talent should ensure success down the line.

Royal College of Surgeons, 527 1562, until 25 Aug, 7pm, £8.50 (£7.50).

Ahir Shah and Alex Maple

  • 3 stars

The raw talents of this duo make an entertaining, if shambolic, debut show. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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