Bostonian comedian. Jew. Sweetheart.
Alex Edelman’s first show, Millennial – about very traumatic stock photos and young people – won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, the first show by an American to do so since 1997. The follow-up, Everything Handed to You – about identity and the availability of outlets in airports – was even more acclaimed: selling out its entire Edinburgh run and garnering the second best reviews of any comedy show at the Festival.
His third show, Just for Us – written after a year as a staff-writer on CBS’ THE GREAT INDOORS – has cemented his reputation as a writer-performer of impressive ambition and technical skill. In its premiere run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, it was nominated for a Barry Award for Best Show and earned superlative reviews.
Outside his solo shows:
Edelman has been featured at JFL as a New Face (2015), written on the aforementioned’ “The Great Indoors,” (2016), appeared on “Conan,” (2018), and been a staple on those ‘comedians you should know’ type lists. He is the creator of “Peer Group” – a show about the Millennial generation – on Radio 4 and his hour-long special, Live at the BBC, is available on Netflix in some countries.
He’s opened for superlative comedians like Eddie Izzard, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, Gary Gulman and a handful of musicians like Ryan Adams, Beck and San Fermin.
He tours both nationally and internationally and is one of the founders of Jerusalem’s Off the Wall Comedy Club.
He writes regularly for outlets like The Atlantic and The Believer, has written and produced documentaries for the US State Department and ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, and spent more than a decade working as a speechwriter for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox.
He likes ramen and David Foster Wallace.