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); ★★★…


1. Andy Haldane11 Aug 2010, 11:13am3 stars Edward Aczel Report

Really original delivery, the bumbling approach done to perfection, but the material wore a bit thin after half an hour. Add in another writer (or two) and you have comedy heaven, just not quite there yet.

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