Winner of the 2014 award for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival, Ahir Shah is an exciting young, sharp and intellectual comedian, whose unique brand of sophisticated stand-up features a blend of emotional frankness, poetic language, and jokes.
2016 has seen Ahir gain international recognition, being invited to perform at the Adelaide Fringe as well as the Montreal Just For Laughs festival in Canada. This year Ahir returned to the Edinburgh Fringe with his hotly anticipated new show Machines. Opening to five and four star reviews, this show has cemented Ahir’s place as one of UK comedy’s finest social commentators.
In August 2015, Ahir debuted his show, Distant, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving huge critical success and packed houses, he went on to perform the show at the Soho Theatre for a week in October. Centring around the importance of faraway things, the show saw Ahir turn his incisive brand of comedy to topics spanning World War One, cigarettes, vegetarianism, Islam, capitalism, politics, climate change, love, and pirates
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”. Distant is the fourth hour Ahir has performed at the Fringe, succeeding Texture (2014) which was described by Chortle as being “a delightful, considered and intelligent piece of work from a comedian who’s gained his wings”, Anatomy (2013) which Fest regarded as being “as thoughtful and compelling a show as you’re likely to come across all August”, and Astrology (2011).
Outside of stand-up, Ahir is an accomplished comedy writer, having written on Skins (Channel 4), The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4) and Newsjack (BBC Radio 4 Extra). In 2016 he wrote a sitcom pilot for Channel 4 titled Strange Land, about immigration in 1960s London. His television credits include Brotherhood (Comedy Central), The Midnight Beast (E4), Live At The Electric (BBC Three) and Campus and The Seven Ages of Love (both Channel 4).
“gags to back up his fire”
★★★★★ The List
“Excellent…A questing argument against compassion fatigue and a generational cri de coeur”
★★★★ The Guardian
“a caustic triumph, sure to gain him fans if not political disciples”
“Passionate, poetic and powerfully funny”
★★★★ The List
“An over-educated, self-hating leftie”
★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ The Skinny
★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
Follow Ahir on Twitter: @ahirshah
Visit Ahir’s website: http://ahirshah.com/