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Venue:Cabaret Voltaire, 36-38 Blair Street Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Phone: 0131 247 4704
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Long Room
AUG 2-26 at 17:15 (60 min)
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Political comedian/ball of anxiety Alex Kealy honks on about love (passionate) and politics (jaded) for show number three. As featured in The Evening Standard's Best Jokes of Edinburgh 2017 and the iNewspaper Best Jokes of Edinburgh Ever.

“Well thought out and insightful...hilariously funny...a natural rapport with the audience who found him endearing...a very enjoyable hour of comedy” - ★★★★ Theatre Weekly

“Hilarious...fresh, insightful, and original...a great hour of cerebral stand-up and Alex Kealy is a name to watch” ★★★★- FringeGuru

"Ferociously quick-witted...flawless script" ★★★★ - EdFringeReview

“A fascinating hour...marvellous stand-up” - The Skinny

“Very high on laughs.The gag-per-minute ratio for this show is impressive...Kealy's analogies are clever and imaginative, coaxing loud guffaws from the assembled crowd...a guy who clearly knows how to make each joke land” - The List

“An enjoyable stage presence with shrewd comic chops” - Fest

“Sure to be a hit...Clever and original...Kealy’s style worked a treat” - Broadway Baby

"Smart and fresh satirical comedy" - Three Weeks

"Sharp comedy…has the potential to be very big and when he is big it will be well deserved" - The Northern Powerhouse

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August 26, 2018  Chortle

Alex Kealy belongs to that particular strain of comic who offers a critique of his material as he goes, even ascribing opinions on it to the Italian peasant children of the future and his more successful comedian girlfriend.

That's not a bad thing in her instance. His exploitation of their relationship – monetising joy as she puts it – makes for a consistent throughline in a show from a stand-up who, by his own admission, is still trying to alight on the type of comedian he wants to be.

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August 25, 2018  Three Weeks
Alex Kealy offers up a mixture of history, politics and personal life in his third Fringe show. The trouble is that whilst the world is in crisis, he is in love, and happiness, he admits, is not ideal for comedy. You get the distinct impression that he would rather be discussing the weightier subjects in this show, but the more mainstream routines (like discussing the complications that arise when buying lube) are generally better received, and he cheerfully acknowledges that these have been inserted to compensate for the heavier subjects: “a drink in the desert”, as he puts it. This is intelligent, informative, funny stuff from an important voice. Click Here

August 21, 2018  Bunbury Magazine
Alex Kealy brings a comedy show to Edinburgh Fringe 2018 at perhaps the hardest time in a comedian’s life – when they are happy. However, his particular brand of observational comedy with crisp one-liners is refreshing and original. He is able to talk about a whole range of subjects, from suicide to Brexit, from sport to reality TV with a fantastic speed and sharpness.

His easy charm on the stage disarms the audience, particularly when his comedy pushes on potentially awkward topics, such as anxiety. The levity in his humour can push through boundaries in a daring way without ever making the audience feel uncomfortable.

This is an hour of self-aware and intelligent comedy from Alex Kealy which weaves between a whole range of subjects seamlessly. This is a bold and daring comedian that should not be missed. Click Here

August 18, 2018  Fest
A funny hour of disjointed standup.

Proving the point that straight white millennial males aren’t a spent force in comedy, Alex Kealy achieves exactly what he sets out to achieve at the top of his hour: a bit of politics mixed with personal reflections.

Mostly, though, he tackles Brexit, and does so with aplomb, taking on common truths about our national, erm, conversation and providing genuinely new perspective. He has a nice style of delivery, frequently stumbling on punchlines, providing a running commentary on how lousy they are or how he’s flunked them. It’s deliberately unshowy, and quite exciting as a result.

There’s a definite sense over the course of A Kealy’s Heel, though, that he hasn’t quite made anything of the hour format. In a sense that’s fine – it would be tiresome if every standup were to try to squeeze in a mini drama. But even a three-minute pop song needs shape, form and weight, whereas often this feels like: material 1; material 2; material 3. It’s odd because some of his jokes, as individual units, have such structural panache. A takedown of Rowan Atkinson’s support for Boris Johnson, for instance, knocks out Boris Johnson (a man who resigned from the cabinet to “spend time with his Islamaphobia”), ricochets into Atkinson’s inability to distinguish between what you can say, and what you should, before exploding in his own face as a hectoring comic. It’s a great, scorched earth joke that leaves no one untouched.

Is it a metaphor for an interminable Brexit? Well, it’s hard to stretch to that. This is funny, but not a masterpiece. Click Here

August 10, 2018  Short Com
This was one of those shows where you come out feeling like you’ve done yourself some internal damage from laughing so much. I suspect Alex Kealy is a comic to watch... Click Here

August 5, 2018  The List
A solid hour of liberal concerns and relationship matters
Early in the run, Alex Kealy is still trying out his material in front of a largely appreciative audience. In some ways, a Fringe comic's technique of pausing before announcing that a joke is going to be cut from the show should probably remain all month, given that, sadly, it can often offer up the biggest laughs. This is also true here, but it's not to say that Kealy doesn't have his crowd eating from his palm from time to time (though the amplification problems will hopefully be sorted out as some of his punchlines were garbled in a way they wouldn't have done had he gone commando (microphone-wise).

The liberal-left Remainer (you may have spotted a couple of those at this year's Fringe) gives both barrels to Woody Allen, talks a lot about his current relationship and is a little sad that his parents are not supportive of his career choice, albeit that they're coming from very different angles of disapproval. To those who cry foul at London being seen as the centre of the universe, he has a quick acronym to use as evidence, and he makes a good point when querying why newspapers are the same length every single day. Once the tweaks are ironed out, Kealy should be a sight and (hopefully) sound to behold. Click Here

August 5, 2018  Arts Award Voice
A delightfully awkward political comedy with plenty to rant about.

Alex Kealy’s comedy style is delightfully awkward and British in its presentation. Of course one of the opening jokes is about dirty talking with his girlfriend, in an overly polite manner, and this awkward stage presence works well for Kealy’s set. Despite some areas of the work being a little under polished, Kealy obviously had the audience on his side and laughing along with jokes about Brexit, Trump and the unpleasant side of London.

For me, the show ran a little dry of original thought or interesting observations on politics. It ran over events that we’re all probably getting a bit sick of hearing about, but then, it’s difficult to make political comedy completely present and polished. Maybe I’m expecting too much? Either way, I found I was laughing along with a gentle chuckle rather than a full belly roll, as none of Kealy’s political observations felt poignant or surprising. It was, at times, more of a rant than a comedy set, but he did manage to bring humour into the darker places.
Kealy’s delivery is confidently hesitant and some of his jokes had the audience rolling. There was a section about how terrible London is, including how severe the air pollution is, which is higher than the EU laws, which seemed to go down well. All the more reason to leave the EU, he jokes. Although the show could do with a bit more shaping, I was entertained and would happily catch Alex Kealy again.

A Kealy's Heel is a fun hour you won’t regret. Click Here

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