Edward Aczel


I began performing stand-up comedy in 2005 at the age of 38.

I have a conventional job in an office which led me to sign up to an evening comedy course for beginners, where he caught the comedy bug, at that point I hadn’t been to a stand up gig for years.

By the end of 2005, I was the runner-up in both the prestigious BBC New Comedy Awards and inJimmy Carr’s Comedy Idol (which was filmed for the extras on Jimmy Carr’s 2005 live DVD).

I am now a regular headliner on the comedy circuit, and have performed six solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival:

2007: Trust Me There Is No Hope

2008: Do I Really Have To Communicate With You?

2009: Edward Aczel Explains All The World’s Problems… And Then Solves Them (2009)

2010: Ever Tried, Ever Failed, No Matter, Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better

2011: Edward Aczel: Doesn’t Exist

2013: Edward Aczel: Lives in a Meaningless Shed

2007’s show was hailed by Jimmy Carr on BBC2’s Culture Show as “the funniest thing on the Fringe.”

In 2008 I won the Malcolm Hardee Award and received my first string of five and four star reviews. Writer Zadie Smith wrote an article in the New Yorker magazine about the show.

I have toured the UK widely including performing at the Soho Theatre annually since 2010.

I have also been on several radio shows including BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, 28 Acts In 28 Minutes, Pick Of The Week and Happy Mondays.

Comedy Acting

Grass Roots 2014 – The life of a lower league football club – Lead role: Harry Pickles – Team Manager (Pilot) – Produced by James Grant and Artists in Motion (see attached) – Full Length Pilot Broadcast on London Live on Easter Sunday 20-4-14 @ 9pm.

Common Ground 2013 – with Dan Skinner and Rufus Jones – Supporting role: Aubrey (friend in Betting shop) – Produced by Baby Cow Productions – Broadcast – Sky Atlantic Feb 2013

Reed Commercial 2013 – Role: “Management Consultant” (see attached)

Ski Trip 2012 – Taking their last trip to Switzerland – Lead role: Coach Driver (Pilot) – Directed by Tom Tagholm (see attached)

Still Going 2011 – A 60’s TV Superhero reaches the end of his days – Lead role: Harry (The Flying Blaize) – Directed by Tom Perrson.


“Aczel is a man who is completely in control of the art of comedy” Londonist
“One of the most inventive and memorable comics working today” The Scotsman
“Edward Aczel is perhaps Britain’s greatest living anti-comedian” Guardian