Award-winning comedian and writer Alex Edelman released his debut comedy album on 10th July, a collection of 22 jokes, entitled ‘Until Now’ via 800 Pound Gorilla Records /Ada Distribution. Alex says “These are my favorite jokes from my solo shows and TV appearances. Old ones, new ones, red ones, blue ones. I’m so excited as it will finally force people on social media to stop asking me when I’m going to put out an album.”
In April this year Alex was the lead writer and executive producer for ‘Saturday Night Seder’, a star studded 70-minute special, posted on YouTube, that has so far raised $3.5 million for the CDC Foundation (COVID-19)Emergency Response Fund. A group of singers, actors, comedians, religious leaders and more helped to tell the story of Passover. Rooted in tradition, but comprised comedy, music and sketches, the grassroots effort was created over the course of three weeks by a team that never met in person. More than 1 million people watched the initial stream, which was hosted by Jason Alexander with participants that included Nick Kroll, Idina Menzel, Debra Messing and Bette Midler. It trended on Twitter, is a contender for a variety of Emmys, and is available to watch via www.SaturdayNightSeder.com
This year the Bostonian comedian also completed his first ever UK tour with his Edinburgh Comedy Award & Barry nominated show ‘Just For Us’. Awarded the prestigious Herald Angel Award, and garnering reviews that made it the Edinburgh Festival’s most critically acclaimed show in more than a decade, this show marked Edelman’s growth from promising newcomer to an artist lauded by fans, comedy legends, and critics — on both sides of the Atlantic — as one of the best of his generation. The tour ran for over 30 dates including a sold out 6-night run at London’s Vaults Festival, a second leg will be announced for 2021. This year he also supported Jack Whitehall on his several dates of his tour including Wembley Arena.
‘Just For Us’ covered many different topics – Edelman’s Olympian brother AJ, a surprising encounter with Prince William at the BAFTAs, his ADHD, what being “brave” means in this political climate, and a gorilla that can do sign language. These anecdotes are all given hilarious, unique space – but at its astonishing centre is one significant and unfortunately timely story. After a strong anti-Semitic strain of online abuse was directed at Edelman in January of 2018, he decided to covertly attend a meeting of those same anti-Semites in a New York City apartment.
Over the past four years, Alex has split his time between the UK and America. His writing projects have included a stint as lead writer for the BAFTA Britannia Awards, a pilot produced by Academy Award winner Diablo Cody and a months-long turn in the writer’s room for Jenji Kohan’s Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters, just released on Netflix. He was also a writer on ‘The Great Indoors,’ starring Joel McHale and Stephen Fry, which was extended twice for CBS in the US and aired on ITV2. He wrote and starred in a two-part series for Radio 4 entitled, ‘Alex Edelman’s Peer Group.’ This has been recommissioned twice and a third series was released in February to universal acclaim. Edelman has appeared twice on the late-night American TV show ‘Conan’.