Edward Aczel (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

Edward Aczel

Somehow incredibly funny without even trying

Aczel’s latest show is a hi-energy romp packed with sharp one-liners. Only joking, it’s as low-key and anti-comedy as ever. Reading from his A4 notes, flicking through his badly presented flipchart and barely making eye contact, he reveals all the things he could have been in life then divulges his un-dynamic ideas for a TV show. Somehow incredibly funny without even trying.

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Edward Aczel: Ever Tried? Ever Failed? No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.

  • 4 stars

'Britain's greatest entertainer' (Time Out) outlines a few brittle thoughts on ambition, failure and why he would've preferred to be an ambassador (or, in theory, a rock star). With SWOT analysis, silence and repetition to pad the hour. One of the Times' top 50 must-see shows of 2009. 'A hilarious joy' (Guardian); ★★★…