Edinburgh Comedy Award ‘Best Show’ 2017 nominee, Ahir Shah is one of the fastest-rising comedians of his generation. Shah’s sharp, intellectual brand of stand-up features a blend of philosophical inquiry, political vigour, and sweet gags.
Ahir’s award-nominated CONTROL is a show about freedom, fascism, complacency, complicity, resistance, and milk and will tour the UK in 2017 and 2018. Ahir’s previous show, MACHINES, enjoyed packed houses at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Soho Theatre, and a national tour. An internationally-acclaimed performed being invited to perform at the Adelaide Fringe as well as the Montreal Just For Laughs festival in Canada, and recently completing an tour in India.
He is also an accomplished comedy writer, and is currently developing a political sitcom for Channel 4, having previously written a sitcom pilot (also for Channel 4) titled Strange Land, about immigration in 1960s London. Other recent credits include writing and starring in Ahir Shah’s Summer for Sky and regular writing for The Mash Report (BBC2), The News Quiz (Radio 4), Spotlight Tonight with Nish Kumar (Radio 4), Skins (Channel 4), and Newsjack (BBC Radio 4 Extra).
Ahir began occasionally doing stand-up at fifteen (i.e. too young), and over the course of the last ten years the development of his erudite, philosophical style has seen his position in the circuit skyrocket from “curiosity” to “interloper”. His previous shows have included Distant (2015), Texture (2014), Anatomy (2013), and Astrology (2011). In 2014 Ahir won Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival.
Ahir has performed stand up on the Asian Network twice and recently filmed Machines as part of the Soho Theatre Live strand. He has appeared on Newsnight (BBC2), Wet Hot Political Summer (Radio 4), The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC) and Daily Politics.
His other television credits include Brotherhood (Comedy Central), The Midnight Beast (E4), Live At The Electric (BBC Three), Campus and The Seven Ages of Love (both Channel 4).
‘One of his generation’s most eloquent comic voices.’
“Excellent…A questing argument against compassion fatigue and a generational cri de coeur”
★★★★ The Guardian
‘Fiendishly clever and furious.’
★★★★ Sunday Times
★★★★ The Skinny
★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
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Visit Ahir’s website: http://ahirshah.com/