Alex Edelman is one of the comedy industry’s fastest rising young stars. Originally hailing from Boston, Alex cut his comedy teeth while at NYU in 2008, where the New York Underground Comedy Festival quickly recognised him as one of the city’s ‘Best Comedians Under 25’. Soon he was across the pond on British soil with invitations to perform at noted comedy festivals such as; Machynlleth, Latitude, Bestival, The Edinburgh Fringe and End of the Road, where he was hailed as “fresh, original, and endearing.”
In April 2014 Alex represented the United States as the only American comic at Altitude Festival in Austria, where he shared the stage with John Bishop, Al Murray, Andrew Maxwell and Terry Alderton. That August, Alex stormed the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his debut solo show Millennial, selling out almost every night of the month long run and taking home the prestigious Foster’s Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. Alex went on to record Millennial for BBC Radio 4’s stand-up special after which the show was included within Radio 4’s Pick of the Week and chosen for Radio 4’s Comedy of the Week.
In August 2015 Alex took his highly anticipated follow-up show, Everything Handed To You to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which sold out almost every night and extra shows were added due to popular demand. A nomination for Best Newcomer at the Chortle Comedy Awards followed, as well as invitations to perform across the globe including at the Port Eliot, Leicester, Brighton, Lund & Melbourne International Comedy Festivals. Alex also completed two sell out runs at London’s noted comedy haunt The Soho Theatre, and supported Simon Amstell on tour alongside developing various television & radio projects.
Since then Alex has been splitting his time between the UK and the US, where he was recently a resident writer for The Great Indoors sitcom starring Stephen Fry, as well as a new project for Netflix produced by Jenji Kohan and has performed on Conan. As a writer Alex’s work has also appeared on both indie comedy sites (The Impersonals) and established media outlets such as The Atlantic and The Guardian. On UK soil he recently recorded a two-part series for Radio 4, based on his debut show Millennial called, Alex Edelman’s Peer Group. Other TV credits include The Stand Up Sketch Show, Comedy Central's Roast Battle, and Comedy Central At The Comedy Store.
In 2018 Alex's third show Just For Us was nominated for the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. It was the best reviewed show of the Fringe, and went on to run at the Soho Theatre.
Currently, Alex has a number of his own projects in development as well as live bookings worldwide. Most recently in the UK he has recorded 5 Live's Fighting Talk and made his debut on Live At The Apollo on BBC Two this Autumn.
“I fondly imagined this was what it might have been like to watch Jerry Seinfeld when he was in his early 20s. There is no greater praise than that. Deserves the huge success that, you’d have to feel, is kind of inevitable.” ★★★★★ – The Mirror
“A confident, beautifully crafted and politically charged Fringe debut” ★★★★ – Fest Magazine
“Boasting technical flair and a precocious authority, Edelman’s comedy manages to capture the voice of Generation Y” – The Guardian