Ahir Shah - Anatomy
Cerebral humour succesfully displayed at the Free Fringe
This article is from 2013.
Ahir Shah deliberately chose to leave the bigger venues circuit in order to take part of the Free Fringe, giving him more flexibility and greater control over his budding career. Stuck in a warm little attic, jam-packed, the freshly graduated comedian starts off with witty comments on the new location and his initial struggles at finding what to do with his life.
Five minutes into his show ‘Anatomy’, it is clear the man should not worry about his future for too long, he is made for stand-up: his pace is fast yet clear, he confidently engages in cerebral humour and assiduously stays connected with his audience. His routine flows elegantly for most of the show, his material ranging from embarrassing assumptions about strangers to his Indian grandmother’s loathing of his beard and the study of feelings; he expertly sways from brainy build-ups to sharp punch lines. One should note however that Ahir has the impulse to over analyse his own material and stretches the silent pauses whilst he gathers his thoughts. Minor flaws in an otherwise impressive show.
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 667 7533, until 25 Aug, 4.15pm, free.