Four years after an amnesia-causing car accident, US comic, Rick Shapiro returns to Edinburgh. Crash. Silence. Boom! Boom! Three hits to erase a memory. Four years to rebuild one comedian's jazz-styled lyricism. A unique voice on stage revitalized, regenerated, reborn. Welcome to return, the Rebirth of Rick Shapiro. Author. Survivor. 'Equal parts ]Lenny Bruce], ]Richard Pryor] and ]Lou Reed]. New York City's most lurid funnyman - a real star' (NY Press). '... searingly honest, the most transgressive comedian in America today. He's hilarious ...' (Penthouse Magazine). 'His pointed observations on pop culture are pure brilliance' (TimeOut).
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After a four year break and complete memory loss through a serious car accident, the legendary US comic Rick Shapiro makes a long awaited return to the Edinburgh Festival with his brand new show, Rebirth.
Aptly named, Rebirth is his first Edinburgh show since he suffered severe head injuries in a car accident, causing complete amnesia resulting in a four-year intensive rehabilitation plan. Now Rick is ready to return to the stage which he has made his own for the past 25 years as a stand-up comedian, with a show that promises to make audiences want to come back for more. Rebirth is an intense, borderline insane observational view about today's society; more than just stand-up it is Words, Music & Poetry of Free Minds exercising Free Speech.
No two shows are planned to be exactly the same, whether that means different characters, added sketches, audience interaction or Rick doing a completely different set as only he can. If you've seen Rick, you'll remember the first time and trying to wrap your head around what you'd just been part of -- and desperately wanting to take part again soon. Merely being in the room is an interactive experience. Multiple attendances are highly recommended - no one wants to say they missed the one!
As well as being one of the most innovative and surreal artists over the past quarter of a century, Rick has carved himself a career as an actor, appearing in the HBO sitcom Lucky Louie as the brother-in-law, Jerry and more recently this year's villain as T-Rick in the film Project X. He was a regular performer on The Conan O'Brien Show and was one of the comic's hosted on season 2 of ShowTime's: Green Room with Paul Provenza. He has appeared on The Howard Stern Show, has a new CD out called Catalyst For Change and a book recently released entitled Unfiltered.
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