Alex Edelman (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Alex Edelman

Far-flung tales of being millennial with some solid punchlines at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

‘I have a mouth on me,’ Alex Edelman admits and he is not wrong. Indeed, he is so gobby that he managed to get into a fight in a vegan cupcake shop: presumably, no mean feat. This realisation came midway through a study he participated in to determine how much of a ‘millennial’ he is. The Gen Y-er talks through the test which covers education, politics, workplace, health and personal (read: mainly sex), to give a general view of his young-person credentials.

Edelman’s clout is that he is a naturally gifted and funny storyteller, and would make David Sedaris proud with the way he spins yarns for each of the sections. As far-flung as some of these appear, he is so engaging that incredulity is put to one side, and so engrossing that it’s imperative to know the ending to each intriguing beginning.

His jokes are well-constructed, often meandering into the surreal or macabre but always returning to a solid punchline. Faults may lie in the fact that nothing seems off-the-cuff; there is a scripted, clinical vibe to his delivery. Yet, this can be overlooked by his natural talent for blending robust short story-style gags with a sound sense of humour.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 24 Aug, 8.15pm, £8.50--£11.50 (£7--£10).

Alex Edelman: Millennial

  • 3 stars

A preview of the comic's material ahead of the festival.