'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); **** (Metro, Herald, Fest).
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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.
Inspired by several of legendary music producer Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies, (including 'Repetition is a form of change') Aczel's fifth Fringe show in four years is a delicate piece of anti-comedy, gently pushing the boundaries of entertainment. The show begins with SWOT analysis to single-out audience threats, moves effortfully onto Aczel discussing the career paths he wishes he'd taken (rock star, ambassador, accountant, monk) and nears its climax with a Politics Q&A.
Edward Aczel has so far in 2010 sold out four nights at London's Soho Theatre of his acclaimed 2009 show, Edward Aczel Explains All The World's Problems... And Then Solves Them, and filmed a series of online shorts for the BBC. He tours this new show across the UK this Autumn and next Spring.
He won the Malcolm Hardee Award in 2008 (beating a woman with OCD and a gypsy) and has made several appearances on Radio 4 - including Loose Ends, Happy Mondays and 28 Acts In 28 Minutes. Edward also infamously appears performing at the Comedy Store on Jimmy Carr's 2005 live DVD. Five years into his comedy career, he still works full-time in an office.
"One of the Top Fifty Must-See Shows of the year" The Times, 2009
"One of the Top One Hundred Must-See Shows of the year" The Scotsman, 2009
"Britain's greatest entertainer, probably the best hope for the future of comedy" Time Out
"This could be one of the funniest men on the Fringe" The Herald, 2009
"One of the most entertaining oddities in recent years" The Metro
"One of the most original acts in years. A hilarious joy" The Guardian