Fringe preview: Alex Edelman – Everything Handed to You
Last year’s Best Newcomer talks about winning, influences and being self-aware
This article is from 2015.
Alex Edelman is just happy he’s allowed to come back. ‘The thing that was great about the award is that it gave me the chance to maybe come and do a second show. I’m thrilled that people came last year and that people might come again this year.’
Last year’s show, Millennial, earned Edelman the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. This year, however, he might feel some pressure to bring it just as hard with his new hour, Everything Handed to You. He’s smart enough to stick to a winning formula. ‘Every show is going to be about young people until I’m not a young person,’ he says. ‘But it’s also about travel and family and what it’s like to be a person who does an unusual job for a living.’
Far from resting on his laurels, it’s clear Edelman is keen to hone his craft. Opening for Eddie Izzard was ‘very special’, and he’s no slouch when it comes to learning from the best: ‘You get to see the same show again and again and you get to see the way that they change it and work it.’
Also influenced by Simon Amstell (who he regularly tours with) and Louis CK, Edelman is working the neurotic young person corner, with self-deprecation and worldly bewilderment very much in his arsenal. It makes perfect sense to him: ‘A neurotic person is quite conducive to stand-up comedy and stand-up comedy is a good outlet for a neurotic person. Being self-aware is a really important key to comedy.’
Alex Edelman: Everything Handed to You, Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 8–30 Aug, 8.30pm, £9–£12 (£8–£10.50). Previews 5–7 Aug, £6