Alex Kealy Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Wed 3rd – Mon 29th August 2016


Hannah Sanderson

at 16:49 on 24th Aug 2016



Alex Keely does not disappoint this stand-up virgin.

His humour is of a sweet, self-deprecating brand which rarely fails to produce laughter. With the customary digs at his sex life, of lack thereof, Keeley tickles his audience through the medium of relatable comedy.

His humour revolves closely around current affairs. One of the many pleasing aspects of this show is the complete absence of crass or over-sexualised humour. As Keely remarks himself, many stand-up comedians use their act to hit on attractive members of their audience, which quickly gets stale.

Keely’s use of media is an innovative aspect of his routine. He scatters the use of amusing video clips and photoshopped pictures cleverly throughout his act. This use of well chosen props mean that they never fail to illicit laughs from the audience.

Another aspect that is particularly entertaining is his use of puns and wordplay. They roll so easily off his tongue and are certainly my favourite part of his show. Not normally a fan of forced puns and typically the kind of person who rolls their eyes in exasperation, I find myself involuntarily chuckling along. It is this part of the act which shows the audience just how much thought goes into a stand-up performance and makes the overall affect even more impressive.

In fact, the only criticism I can really level at Keely is that he simply needs an injection of more confidence. He really is a genuinely witty comedian with some really unique aspects to his act. However, a lot of performance is wasted on this anxious comments after each joke on how the audience are reacting to his humour. While it can be amusing to hear his insults and exclamations muttered surreptitiously down the microphone it can get a bit repetitive and lose its comedic value after a while.

This is a truly funny show that produces varied reactions - from polite giggles to raucous belly laughter. The humour is well-thought out, concise and cultured. Keely's show is fun and uncomplicated: a perfect start to an enjoyable evening.


Nina Klaff

at 17:33 on 24th Aug 2016



Welcoming himself onto the stage, Alex Kealy looks as if Princess Diana had stolen your dad’s glasses and battered grey trainers to disguise herself for one night of debauchery as he candidly swigs a pint. He reminds us of the difficulty in maintaining the relevance of a show with political elements with the current state of affairs being so incessantly turbulent, but his show doesn’t suffer in the slightest.

Ferociously quick-witted, and despite our best efforts, he immediately clocks on that two of the twelve people in the audience have notebooks and are, in fact, here to assess the show. He tries to dispel the tension by addressing someone on the row behind us, who turns out to also have been a critic in the past. Kealy is unperturbed: he sarcastically rejoices that 28% of the room are reviewers, and simply carries on with his set.

The jokes on his own sexual undesirability are many, as is the tradition in this kind of work, but he highlights his hypocrisy in doing so as (unfortunately for this reviewer) he has now got a kind-of-girlfriend. He clarifies the nature of their relationship in a spoof of Nigel Farage’s infamous 'Good Morning Britain' appearance, in which he denied the Leave campaign’s pledge to give the £350 million spent on the EU to the NHS, that Kealy shows on a television screen. This multi-media aspect of the production propels this otherwise traditional act into the 21st century. It is a piece of interactive ingenuity that perfectly complements his fast tempo show, without ever overshadowing his flawless script. He jokes about sending emails to Farage’s parents asking for an exact date of the conception of their son, blames his own left-wing politics on being bullied at private school, and combines my two favourite things in a comparison of government to a game of Quidditch.

With just the right amount of discomfort, ‘An Idea Whose Time Has Come’ is a piece of good old-fashioned stand-up with a leftist tone. His quips are just as quick off-script as they are on, and Kealy has the political mood sussed.


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