Edinburgh Preview: Alex Kealy: A Kealy’s Heel at Laughing Horse Free Festival

Alex Kealy
Alex Kealy

Political comedian & ball of anxiety Alex Kealy trains his sights on love and politics. II’s territory already covered by War & Peace, Life & Fate and Ant & Dec; luckily, Kealy’s “unique brand of political comedy…doesn’t just resort to the usual cheap shots, his comedy is well thought out and insightful” ★★★★ (TheatreWeekly.com).

Politically everything is on fire – except it has been for 2 years. It’s strange to be simultaneously bored and terrified. Maybe Trump and Brexit are distractions. The housing crisis is at a point where the eighth J.K. Rowling book might as well be Harry Potter and the Affordable Two Bedroom Flat. Unchecked capitalism inflames humanity’s insatiability and over analysis, stopping us from leading The Good Life.

But what can Alex Kealy, a socially awkward centrist who hates political chants far more than he agrees with any ideology, do? At least Alex has fallen in love this year; here’s hoping he doesn’t ruin that with those same overanalysing tendencies. Still, “his ability to make the horrendous hilarious is a solid grounding for some marvellous stand-up.” (The Skinny).

‘Ferociously quick-witted…interactive ingenuity that perfectly complements his fast tem- po show, without ever overshadowing his flawless script.’
★★★★ EdFringeReview

Alex Kealy was a So You Think You’re Funny Finalist in his first year of stand-up and since then has performed on BBC Radio Four Extra as part of the BBC New Comedian Award, as well as reaching the final of the Hobgoblin Comedy Award amongst other new act competi- tions. Alex made the Evening Standard’s Top Jokes of Edinburgh 2017. He was also featured in the iNews’ 100 of the best ever jokes and one-liners from the Edinburgh Fringe.

Alex runs The Comedy Grotto in King’s Cross, a fortnightly charity fundraiser comedy night. Time Out praises its “consistently excellent line-ups” that have “comedy connoisseurs drooling” while The Independent raves about its “always well-programmed bashes.’


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