“intricately crafted, profoundly moving, howlingly funny… he’s a blazing talent firing on all cylinders” ★★★★★ Tristram Fane Saunders, The Daily Telegraph

 “It’s a highly personal howl in the dark from this sharpest of operators. Impassioned, probing and unexpectedly moving.” ★★★★ Mark Wareham, The Mail On Sunday

“Tremendously thoughtful, woundedly candid and self-laceratingly funny” ★★★★ Jay Richardson, The Scotsman


Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee for “Best Comedy Show” in 2017 and 2018, Ahir Shah is set to record his HBO Max stand-up comedy special Dots at the Southbank Centre on Tuesday 31st March, which will be captured over two performances at 7pm and 9.30pm. Tickets will go on pre-sale on 6th February and on general sale on 7th February.

Featuring Shah’s signature blend of philosophical inquiry, personal examination, and sweet gags, Dots is his critically acclaimed new stand-up show about the necessity, utility, and absence of certainty. Topics include Mexico, culture, politics, cigarettes, depression, adulthood, funerals, religion, children, love, and dead German sociologists. It is considerably funnier than it sounds.

 Ahir is currently touring with Dots, which made best of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe lists including The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Scotsman. An internationally acclaimed comedian, Ahir has performed comedy across the world including tours of the UK and India and runs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.

On TV and radio, Ahir’s recent appearances have included Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC Two), The Mash Report (BBC Two), Stand Up Central with Rob Delaney (Comedy Central), The Big Asian Stand-Up (BBC Two) and The Now Show (BBC Radio Four), written and starred in Ahir Shah’s Summer (Sky Arts) and Ahir Shah’s Life Lessons (BBC Three), and has appeared in Live at the Electric (BBC Three) and Campus (Channel 4). As a writer he is developing a sitcom for Channel 4 and has also written for The Mash Report (BBC Two) and The News Quiz (BBC Radio Four).

Other Things The Press Has Said About Ahir

“Rich emotional comedy with a sharp eye on global politics” ★★★★ Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times

“he finds both humour and poetry in his existential angst” ★★★★ Brian Logan, The Guardian

 “He blends stories of growing up with brief bursts of fury at a callous system and struggles to find meaning or faith… but with laughs.” ★★★★ Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times

“Shah’s set, a terrifically smart examination of family, religion and depression, is by turns furiously nihilistic and desperately warm and loving” Rebecca Nicholson, The Observer

“No young British comic has greater promise…electrifying…Shah’s breadth of vision is peerless” Dominic Maxwell, The Times

“a carefully-crafted hour crammed with an eclectic range of subjects” ★★★★ Gayle Anderson, The Herald

 “Dots is an intellectually stimulating hour, well-structured and peppered with seeds that pay off later” ★★★★ Steve Bennett, Chortle

For more information and press tickets, please contact: Lily Marriott at / 0207 598 7222

Venue: Southbank Centre
Date: Tuesday 31st March 2020
Time: 7pm & 9:30pm

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