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|Ahir Shah and Alex Maple|
|Ahir Shah and Alex Maple|
Finalist in the So You Think You're Funny? new act competition, 2008
Ahir Shah: Astrology
Ahir Shah was named by his mum and dad after a Hindu astrologer said it would be auspicious to name him with an A or V, because of his birthdate and time. The chart also gave some of bland encouragement to his parents about the likely nature of the first-born, as you might expect from a horoscope. The Microsoft spellcheck makes a mess of his name.
Several years after birth he went to Cambridge, which doesn’t make him better than us, he says, but he doesn’t seem entirely convinced by the idea. He’s a bit of a computer whizz, but he’s doing politics at Uni. So far, so what.
Let me go easy here, because he’s very young and perhaps like some other very young comedians, he’s been catapulted in to doing a solo hour before he’s got anything particular to say. Doing routines about their name is something that new acts do in their first ten minutes when there’s literally nothing else to talk about, but three years into his career, he’s inflated that to a whole show!
He’s bright, articulate, confident and has a certain amount of presence, but he is forced here to make an hour of something from which you could pick the meat off the bones within five minutes. Everything is declaimed with such blazing conviction, it put me in mind of the old saw: ‘Quick, grab a teenager while they still know everything’.
But that’s all he can be expected to have, vehemence and naïve solipsism, he’s 20 for crying out loud. We wouldn’t normally expect to have to listen to some perky adolescent for an hour unless he was a blood relative, and that would still be a bit of a test.
He uses repetition, pushing it until tiresome becomes funny (or not) and has the gall to use the ‘And if you don’t get it/ clap that/ find it funny/ it’s because you’re a racist’ as a get out of jail card for a lame joke.
It does get interesting when other people are involved – his father’s experience moving to the UK, dealing with the English Defence League, shows a bit of human warmth, the casual contempt of the Debating Society at Cambridge determinedly getting his name wrong at every turn, but this really is a victory of confidence over content.
And I consider it vaguely insulting to other comedians that he says this isn’t even his dream, he’s only doing comedy as second best because he’s not good enough to be a rockstar. I’m sure it is intended as a joke, but even there’s but a grain of truth, it’s a slap round the chops for every act who’s here who’s not in a nice smart, central venue with socking great big posters.
He is a hardworking comedian, if not a natural one, and in my opinion he might have waited a bit to do a solo show, when he had something a bit more weighty than just the fact of his existence to offer up.
|Date of live review: Friday 19th Aug, '11|
Review by Julia Chamberlain
Show - Misc live shows -
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2008 - Friday 22nd Aug, '08-
Ahir Shah : Original Review
It's sad when someone,due to the regurgitated knowledge they have acquired through very biased and one dimensional schools of thought believe out of their own ego that they are greater than the people they take the "mick" out of..it is disappointing to see a comic who aspires to the genius of Bill Hicks, misses why "the Hicks" was so funny and at the same time ingenious at pointing out the trappings and flaws of society, that are actually destroying humanity..and to see this kid actually believe he is adding depth to such revolutionaries with his very inept view on society and cultures is very disappointing. Brother, comedy is not just a tool to make a fool out of another, it was also used to make people see real truths in the way that music does, without a gun or a knife. I hope you grow up and stop being arrogant..cus that's all that comes across when i have witnessed you in action.
I saw him at the prestigious Hackney Empire New Act Competition and found that he was exactly as Steve Bennett's SYTYF review put it. Too shouty, weak observations and a general immaturity in writing. His opening line fell predictably flat as the audience did not want to hear transferred racism. Once in his stride, however, he had intriguing interests (politics, culture...), which if he sought more deeply could provide him with a rich amount of material. But he seems only as if he is scratching the surface and either missing or overlooking the real comedic gold he should be mining for. With stronger, more mature material, it would match his confidence (which is indeed high already), but the delivery would need to be more assured as he would be tackling the tough topics. Overall, he is a comedian that sadly has joined a generation that leave comedy courses and are overfiling with confidence but have nowhere to deposit it.
Ahir Shah And Alex Maple: One Boy, One Man, Two Comedians
So You Think You're Funny 
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Ahir Shah: Astrology
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Comedy Zone 2012
Edinburgh Fringe 2013
Ahir Shah: Anatomy
Misc live shows
Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2009