Edward Aczel is a project manager for a marketing company in Aylesbury, who has been performing comedy in his spare time since 2005. He has been runner-up in the BBC New Comedy Awards (2005) and semi-finalist in So You Think You’re Funny (2006). More recently he has appeared on Radio 4’s Loose Ends, Happy Mondays, Pick of the Week and 28 Acts in 28 Minutes.
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Edward Aczel Lives in a Meaningless Shed
It’s come to something when one feels relieved to see Edward Aczel, a comic who fails to conform to most aspects of the job description. But in a scene saturated with inoffensive, TV-friendly, people-pleasing stand-ups, this monotonous, socially awkward marketing manager from Aylesbury offers an offbeat palate-cleanser.
Aczel, as most surely know by now, doesn’t really do comedy. Flipcharts, crashing non-sequiturs, assessments of the show’s failures – tick, tick, tick. But comedy? Well, let’s just say his idea of banter is asking who in the audience has had an ear infection. That’s the joke of course – he’s an unfunny comedian – but he keeps it up with such grim determination that it’s not always clear exactly who or what we’re laughing at.
It’s a difficult shtick to maintain and in previous shows, the lethargy has seeped from stage to audience. There’s only so long anyone can sit in a hot room listening to a man droning on about obscure historical facts before their eyelids start to droop. But this show sees Aczel’s drop-deadpan develop into a more considered absurdism that engages against all his best efforts.
Undeterred by his obvious unsuitability for dispensing self-help advice, he attempts to discover the meaning of life through Venn diagrams, invites an audience member to read a script which he then refuses to respond to, and stands sweating in a corner while we watch his videoed attempts at a love song.
The question, as always, is why? And the fact there is no answer is what makes him so inexplicably refreshing. This is a man driving with no road map and a steering wheel that’s come off in his hands, a man who collects punchlines orphaned from their set-ups and regrets the fact he decided to leave out a section about mumbling. I can’t guarantee you’ll enjoy Edward Aczel but you certainly won’t see anyone else like him on this year’s Fringe. Hooray.
Pay Peanuts! For Ed Aczel, John Smith and Dave Nicholls Edward Aczel Explains All The World's Problems... Then Solves Them Edward Aczel: Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better. Edward Aczel Doesn't Exist Edward Aczel: Lives in a Meaningless Shed BBC New Comedy Award Final 2005