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Venue:Dropkick Murphy's, 7 Merchant St (Off Candlemaker Row) Edinburgh EH1 2QD ‎
Phone: 0131 225 2002
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Main Room
AUG 4-28 at 21:00 (60 min)
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Debut hour from Amir Khoshsokhan.

So You Think You're Funny Finalist, BBC New Comedy Award finalist, Time Out's One to Watch, Independent's One to Watch and The Piccadilly Comedy Club's New Comedian winner, Amir Khoshsokhan does some stand-up comedy for you.

'An act that mixed the clever with the accessible ... he got funnier and funnier' - Bruce Dessau

"A forensically meticulous routine in which every elongated pause was precision timed, every line leading up to something with further impact.” – Chortle

“His measured, low-key style draws you in, attracting laughs even in the pauses.” - Jay Richardson

As heard on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 "Pick of the Week".

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August 15, 2016  Festival Magazine
Review for Amir Khoshsokhan: Shhhhhh
In an opening gambit that's somewhat unlikely to catch on in the mainstream, Khoshsokhan begins his set with a rendition of 'Vesti la giubba' from Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera Pagliacci. He doesn't perform this rendition, it should be noted. He simply stands, listens, and gazes intently as it blares in the background. "The show must go on", he muses.

The aptly titled Shhhhhh is an enjoyable vehicle for his subversive brand of whispered, muted comedy. It's an hour of lo-fi squeaky reveries, alienating a few along the way but doubtless winning over far more. He deals in artful silence, favouring the Stewart Lee-inspired protracted punchlines and lingering words. The material itself isn't particularly absurdist (were it performed at twice the speed and half the pitch it would be fairly regular standup, and 40 minutes shorter), but the stilted delivery is what takes it into the realm of "anti-comedy".

He does struggle to find rhythm or atmosphere, occasionally losing the room in the process when he becomes too static. In a quivering voice he tells us "we shouldn't trust confidence so easily", but generally he uses his own timidity to great effect. It's clearly a persona too, with the veil being lifted when he does an impression of his mother doing an impression of Tupac Shakur.

It's lacklustre in style but not in end product, and his appeal is broader than the surrealist packaging would suggest. He's a rising star who'll find his audience in good time.
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August 6, 2016  The List
The term 'anti-comedy' has been used to describe the patently non-mainstream appeal of such diverse acts as Paul Foot, Ed Aczel, Neil Hamburger and Eddie Pepitone. But judging by the permanently awkward and occasionally static Fringe debut of Londonder Amir Khoshsokhan, this stand-up sub-sub-genre might have a brand new poster boy.

With a quivering voice shot through with the power to almost make time stand still, he gingerly takes to the floor of a truly odd Fringe performance space which merges the whispered intimacy of a pub gig with the echoey distance of an arena show, given how far away the act is from the majority of his audience.

Khoshsokhan overcomes any fears that Shhhhh is inevitably ill-fated from the off to hush his crowd into a silence that he almost replicates on his stage. After recreating a repetitive and tedious argument between himself and his girlfriend, the buttoned-up comic stares down familial objections about the lyrics of Tupac Shakur to suggest that the late rapper's published musings are equally as relatable to real human existence as Barry Manilow's 'Copacabana'. Very nearly putting the dead into deadpan, Amir Khoshsokhan will have an appeal among those seeking something a little more lacklustre in their Fringe comedy. Click Here

August 22, 2015  festmag
Amir Khoshsokhan: Milk and Hedgehogs
If the meek ever do inherit the Earth, a prospect that admittedly looks increasingly unlikely, then Amir Khoshsokhan would be an appropriate court jester. If he can just keep the Tupac stuff quiet.

You do worry for the softly-spoken comic at the start of this particular gig. The Espionage toilets are emitting an unpleasant odour; a sullen, sodden audience has wandered in from the rain; and the microphone turns out not to be working.

That might not be a problem for most comics in a room this small, but Khoshsokhan’s shtick involves a lot of silence: long bewildered stares, painstakingly awkward shuffling about, and important bits of dialogue where the joke is that there is no actual dialogue. It could all go horribly wrong, and yet so compelling is Khoshsokhan’s curious manner that even the most unpromising crowd seems utterly mesmerised, as startled by him as he is by life.

His opening, signature bit is hardly original – musings on a nasty break-up. But that wide-eyed befuddlement breathes fresh life into a hoary topic. Then he moves onto the deceased, and a novel comparison between the influence of gangsta rappers, notably his beloved Tupac, and the debatable allure of dead hedgehogs. It’s a fine point, weirdly made.

Those long pauses also add useful clout to his punchlines. One particular reveal leads one rainy punter—who looked an unlikely fan, to say the least—to loudly shout “brilliant!” and almost offer a standing ovation, as if he’d just seen Houdini pull off a miraculous feat. A fine escape indeed. Click Here

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