Learn about Alex and how got into comedy

First of all, my Patreon is here. It’s where I write unusual, comedic, offbeat, and occasionally Jewy stuff.

Anyhow: This is the bio an old manager wrote for me. Enjoy it.


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. In Edinburgh, it earned a Herald Angel Award, a nomination for Best Show, and superlative praise that made it the best reviewed comedy show of the Festival.

He recently completed a writing stint on the forthcoming Jenji Kohan-produced TEENAGE BOUNTY HUNTERS for Netflix and was the head writer and executive producer of Saturday Night Seder, which, so far, has raised more than $3.5 million for the CDC Foundation.

Outside his solo shows: 

Edelman has been featured at JFL as a New Face (2015), appeared on “Conan” multiple times, 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 BBC Radio 4 and his hour-long special, Live at the BBC, is available on Netflix in some countries.

He’s opened for comedians like Eddie Izzard, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, Gary Gulman and a handful of musicians like Beck.

He tours both nationally and internationally and is one of the founders of Jerusalem’s Off the Wall Comedy Club.

Beyond stand-up:

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.

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