Ahir Shah: Dots

Comedy (stand-up)

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  • Monkey Barrel Comedy - Monkey Barrel 3
  • 13:45
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Ahir Shah
  • Warnings and additional info: Buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry or Pay What You Want at the venue. Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 1 year

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Nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2017 and 2018, Ahir Shah returns to the Fringe with a new hour of funny and good stand-up. Shah's most recent show, Duffer, was performed to packed houses and critical acclaim at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, followed by a sold-out run in London's West End, and a UK and international tour. Now he's written another one. Fingers crossed, eh? As seen on Live at the Apollo and The Mash Report. 'A blazing talent firing on all cylinders' ***** (Telegraph). 'Magnificent' ***** (List). **** (Times).

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General venue access

  • Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

Ahir Shah has explored what it means to grow up – and what it consequently means to be an adult – in the world we live in today, and finds it wanting. On the one hand there are people like his father, and Max Weber: people who he sees as...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 110 days ago

Recognising comedians’ success in Edinburgh as a contest to best exploit one’s declining mental health, Ahir Shah returns with yet another superbly assured breakdown of the state of the world and his own, ever-present insecurities. ...

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 114 days ago

Ahir Shah’s Fringe run has already sold out in advance, and it’s with good reason; Shah’s entertaining and erudite assessments of life have earned him much acclaim. In ‘Dots’ he’s taking a look at the bigger picture, trying to make sense of who he is and what he believes in....

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The List (4/5 stars) 115 days ago

Just another hour of intelligence, ideas and jokes...

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The Herald [paywall] (4/5 stars) 118 days ago

I've heard a lot of Tinder references already this Fringe but I'm confident none of them will be as carefully-constructed as Ahir Shah's religious ceremony call-back. It's fair to say that it's matchless. There's still a swagger and inherent smugness about last year's award-nominee. This is a man who can...

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 118 days ago

Ahir Shah loves a big idea. In fact, his previous show, which earned the posh-voiced comedian from London his second consecutive Edinburgh Comedy Award, was so stuffed with big ideas that it was both brilliant and hard to digest. This year, his big idea is his lack of big ideas....

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 118 days ago

Ahir Shah appears to defy the 'nobody loves a smartass' sentiment – his brand-new Monkey Barrel venue is jam-packed with fans. This man is super-smart and boy, does he know it, so smart that he can lob the wor...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 120 days ago

Ahir Shah’s 2018 Comedy Award nominated show Duffer was always going to be a tough act to follow. While Duffer was a scorching, emotive show that left the audience in stunned reverence Dots is a more measured take on family, love, faith and colonialism. A captivating and poetic storyteller, Shah’s...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 120 days ago

Ahir Shah has long joked about the contrast between what he looks like and how he sounds: his brown skin and posh accent. Now a new faultline has appeared between his substance and style, as the ardent polemicist of his early work gives way to a more conflicted thinker. But...

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

Few people talk about a lack of confidence with quite as much confidence as Ahir Shah. He is a compelling, muscular orator and an ambitious writer of pithy, poetic phrases. ...

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