Alex Edelman: Just For Us
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Alex Edelman: Just For Us
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Alex Edelman: Just For Us NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(87 Reviews)
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98%
Mixed
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Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Absorbing

An anecdotal solo show from comedian Alex Edelman. 

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Member Reviews (87)

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952 Reviews | 387 Followers
91
Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if You want to see a smart funny show that will make you think and laugh. Topical without being divisive. Great storytelling.

Don't see it if You’re anti Semitic, homophobic or racist. Read more

983 Reviews | 229 Followers
61
Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious, Banal, Cliched

See it if If you like jewish humor. Some of it was funny.He is not as good as other jewish comics, jackie Mason etc

Don't see it if If you don't understand jewish culture.

814 Reviews | 221 Followers
93
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if you like listening to someone talk who is both brilliant and witty. He is a great story teller and his motions keep you riveted to his words

Don't see it if you do not like what is basically a stand up comic show.

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
78
Clever, Hilarious, Funny

See it if You like storytelling comedy.

Don't see it if You have no connection to New York City or Jewish culture. You'll miss too many references.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
83
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Irreverent, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if excellent standup with a special New York bent will amuse you for an hour.

Don't see it if you need a longer, multi-character theatrical event to make leaving home worthwhile.

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
92
Compelling, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if You love funny, engaging, stand-up storytelling in the same vein of Mike Birbiglia — both compelling & hilarious.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of long-form stand-up or don’t want to hear one guy telling a very idiosyncratic, Jewish story.

384 Reviews | 231 Followers
89
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to hear expert, offbeat storytelling by an ingratiating comedian with something to say. His anecdotes are hilarious yet meaningful.

Don't see it if not interested in primarily Jewish humor, though not necessary to be Jewish to appreciate it.

435 Reviews | 117 Followers
87
You don't have to be jewish to enjoy this terrific stand-up comedian

See it if A polished stand-up comic with great timing and delivery. He's a charmer who had us in stitches. Largely Jewish humor with universal appeal

Don't see it if you don't like stand-up. Very intelligent humor with belly laughs, too. His story about visiting a neo-Nazi meeting in Queens is priceless.

Critic Reviews (8)

Time Out New York
December 8th, 2021
For a previous production

"4/5 Stars! His account of reactionary repartee serves as a framing device for a deeper dive into questions of identity and the limits of empathy. Edleman deftly interweaves disparate tales...into a portrait of the entertainer as a young Jewish man in a polarized society. But he does this without pulling any punchlines: The laughs are plentiful."
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New Yorker
March 28th, 2022
For a previous production

"It’s not hard to ridicule a bunch of bigots; nor, more than half a century after 'Springtime for Hitler,' is the exercise particularly scandalous or groundbreaking, even if it remains surpassingly gratifying when done well. The considerable success of Edelman’s show depends on a second act of infiltration. Cannily, confidently, he turns his brief encounter with this sad-sack anti-Semitic social club into a pretext to examine the much more richly unsettled topic of his own Jewishness...As the show progressed, I found myself more interested in Edelman’s own, troubled 'us,' the one that he implicitly refers to in his title, though he tends to shy away from addressing himself to it."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 23rd, 2022
For a previous production

It's a fast, funny, thoughtful 75 minutes, packed with stray thoughts that will catch you unawares. (I treasure how he infuriated a UK audience by renaming Brexit "The Great British Break-Off.") This is a highly original approach to stand-up comedy: Edelman's ability to spin humor out of a festering social problem, without trivializing it, is something to cherish.
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TheaterScene.net
March 26th, 2022
For a previous production

Despite the familiar visual trappings--mic stand, performer-blinding stage lights, and a dull curtain backdrop--Edelman's deceptively free-flowing talents hew more towards the monologist Spalding Gray than those of Williams. Like Gray, Edelman is an entrancing storyteller capable of stitching together personal anecdotes into a rich thematic tapestry.
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Theater Pizzazz
March 30th, 2022
For a previous production

"The funniest harrowing and touching account of a personal experience you’ll hear this year (and perhaps beyond)...The promising thing about Edelman’s show is that he’s not telling a one-time, nothing-will-top-this story. His Lenny Bruce-like observations of the human condition promise us that there’s more in store from him. And we’ll be looking forward to hearing his take on yet another observation of everyday life."
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New York Theater
December 8th, 2021
For a previous production

I was initially puzzled as to why a man whose full name is David Yosef Shimon ben Elazar Reuven Alex Halevi Edelman would go to a meeting of white supremacist antisemites — unless he was a stand-up comedian who thought he could get a show out of it. And so he has…. leans more toward disparate jokes and funny stories than a focused comic narrative.
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The Wrap
December 8th, 2021
For a previous production

"Edelman taps into much heftier material than his usual riffs about Koko, the sign-language-using gorilla...Throughout, Edelman emerges as a disarming charmer whom you might imagine could ingratiate himself — at least for a while — even with people who object to his very existence. And one who not only lived to tell the tale, but tells it with wit and flare. Can you believe it?"
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Off Off Online
February 17th, 2022
For a previous production

"Despite Alex Edelman’s opening caveat that 'my comedy barely works if you’re not a Jew from the Upper East Side,' he is one of the rare, masterful stand-up comics who can 'cast out' and then successfully 'reel back in' a diverse audience...Director Adam Brace has blocked the performer on the barest of stages, whose stark, redbrick back wall frames the barest of props—a few stools and a microphone. This allows the audience to concentrate on Edelman’s facial expressions and movement."
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