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Eliott Simpson: (A)sexy and I Know it


Eliott Simpson: (A)sexy and I Know it


52 West Port (Just off of Grassmarket)
Main Room: AUG 27 at 22:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Eliott Simpson: (A)sexy and I Know it

Eliott has never cared for sex. He enjoys doing people as much as he enjoys doing his taxes. But with tales of gender, stakes, queerness and cakes, Simpson will widen your eyes to the bizarre life of an asexual man trying to survive in a sex-obsessed world. So come along, keep on your thong, and enjoy the only show completely absent of dick jokes... Okay, there are some but they're very intelligent I swear...

. "A fully-formed stand-up" (Neurodiverse Review) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

. "The most charming comedian you will meet" (EdfringeReview) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

. "Wonderfully intense, awkward and infinitely funny" (The Fringe Queer) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

. "Hilarious but conversely manic and a little bit terrifying" (Blizzard Comedy)

. “Accessible and absurd” (Norwich Radical)

. “Informative and hilarious” (ArtsYork)

. ”Offbeat, wacky and unpredictable” (The Wee Review)

. "Infectiously funny” (The Indiependent)

. "More one-liners than we can count" (Gscene Magazine)

. "Weird as f**k" (Janey Godley)

. “Great to see more neurodiverse performers smashing it”(Team GreenJacket) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

. Proud Scotland Award Nominee

. Actually Autistic Excellence Award Nominee

. Scottish Comedian of the Year Semi-Finalist 2021

. Leciester Square New Comedian of the Year Quarter-Finalist 2016

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News and Reviews for this Show

September 1, 2023    Broadway World

Eliott Simpson: (A)Sexy and I Know It is an hour of standup from Eliott Simpson, whose style of standup is unrelenting jokes. There is not a single second wasted as Simpson launches into joke after joke, sometimes with props, other times with audience interaction. Within minutes, it feels like you have known Simpson for years. They are not afraid to get personal quickly, especially in a show themed around sexuality. Simpson’s explosive energy grew a bit overwhelming at times in such a small venue, but I would rather have someone have an overflow of energy than not enough.... Click Here For Review

Eliott Simpson: (A)Sexy And I Know It

May 30, 2023    EdFringeReview.com

Eliott Simpson: (A)Sexy And I Know It

(A)Sexy and I Know It is an essential show for the Fringe. Eliott Simpson brings audiences originality and authenticity in a comedic scene that is more saturated this year than ever. His show treats the subject of asexuality, and Eliott has joke after joke lined up at an impressive pace in a performance that touches on the endearing and plunges into the hilarious. His show explores what it is to be an asexual man in the current world, a world that, at times, seems to think about little else other than sex. (A)Sexy and I know It is a stand-up comedy show that combines the informative with the wacky and is a refreshingly different addition to your must-see comedy list.

Eliott is such a likeable comedian, and from the moment he comes into the room, he makes it clear that he has his audience’s enjoyment and ease at the top of his priorities. Although some of his jokes touch on potentially tricky topics, Eliott handles them gracefully in a way that makes them funny rather than abrasive: something that not all comedians so successfully achieve. Sometimes stand-up comedy can be uncomfortable to watch, and as an audience member, you feel pressure to laugh, becoming aware of your role in the show’s progression. This is not the case for (A)Sexy and I Know It, as Eliott guides his audience to laugh in a way that’s natural and easy. Moreover, any moments that feel uncomfortable, Eliott uses to his advantage and either bounces off them into another joke or expertly takes them in his stride.

I feel slightly as if Eliott’s venue worked to his disadvantage. Anyone who knows the Hollywood room at Laughing Horse @ City Cafe will know how small it is; if you don’t, think university kitchen size: genuinely tiny. This means that Eliott’s vibrant energy is almost bursting out of the room and because he doesn’t have much space to move around, I felt he had to hold back on his physicality for fear of overwhelming his audience. A larger stage and a little more space would improve this show. Mark my words, Eliott’s energy and vibrant personality could reach the corners of a much larger room.

The true strengths of (A)Sexy and I Know It come when Eliott tells his jokes as his true authentic self, and with a little more practise in terms of pacing (and maybe a room in which he can breathe), this show will become polished in a way that makes it even more fun to experience than it already is. I enjoy Eliott’s style of humour; he uses clever wordplay, and the simple one-liner jokes are hilarious due to their masterful delivery. Come to this show for laughs, learning and everything in between. Click Here For Review

A Digital Pint With… Britain’s Foremost Asexual Comedian, Eliott Simpson

May 30, 2023   Binge Fringe

A Digital Pint With… Britain’s Foremost Asexual Comedian, Eliott Simpson

Welcome back to the Binge Fringe Digital Pub for another pixelated pint with a Fringe star. Today we’re joined by someone who seems to have covered his face in cake… No doubt there’s something to be explored there! Sit down with me and Eliott Simpson for an 8-bit beverage, over which we discuss asexuality, queer intersectionality, perceptions and baked goods.

Eliott is performing (A)Sexy and I Know It at the Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe this year. Click Here For Article

Eliott Simpson Interview

May 30, 2023   On the Mic

Eliott Simpson Interview

Please tell me about your 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show:

Eliott Simpson: (A)sexy and I Know It is the UK’s first ever comedy show about Asexuality, one of the most overlooked branches of the LGBT+ Community. Asexuality is defined as the lack of sexual attraction, and through the show I use stories, puns, props and all manner of absurd silliness to fully explain every funny facet of this little-known orientation. For all my life I’ve been ridiculed for never wanting or having sex, so the show is also about dissecting the misunderstandings and prejudices surrounding asexuality, both in and out of the Queer community. At its core, it’s a heart-warming, silly, but important show about loving yourself for who you are, and just how you survive as an asexual in a sex-obsessed world. Also, there’s cake, because cake is better than sex.

What is the attraction of performing at the Edinburgh Fringe? What do you think of Edinburgh?
The Edinburgh Fringe is one of the best times of the year because an entire beautiful city becomes a playground for both artists and art lovers alike. It’s basically like a theme park, but instead of rides, it has comedy, dance, and music shows! There’s no other time of year where you can literally spend weeks seeing the best creative minds performing their work in every corner of a city at every time of day. Thanks to the Free Fringe, it’s also one of the most accessible spaces to see brilliant live performances for every audience and every genre! That being said, as much as I love Edinburgh, I am convinced that it was built by ableists given just how many steep ramps and stairs there are haha. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful city with a rich history and a plentitude of unique spaces, eateries and locations and it’s a sheer joy to work in it for the best event of the year.

Who inspires you?
Mostly my favourite comedian, Eddie Izzard. She’s always been my biggest inspiration, not just because she proudly doesn’t conform to societal standards of gender, sex, or appearance, but also because she masters the wondrous art of spreading education through comedy. From a young age I was fascinated by how much I learnt about history, politics, and language through watching her stand-up, and all the while seeing it from someone who didn’t conform to conventional standards of how people should act or look. She inspired me to not only embrace my own identity but to use comedy to spread awareness of it to others. I’m also just generally inspired by any comedian who delves into the surreal and the absurd with surefire confidence and courage. The world needs more weird, and I’ll always thank the likes of Harry Hill, Bob Mortimer and Joz Norris for inspiring me to be my best weird quirky self!

Are there other shows you want to check out during the Fringe?
As always I’m definitely going to check out Joz Norris’ new show, “Blink”. In my opinion he’s the master of surreal comedy and his shows are always ceaselessly hilarious and genius.
I’m also going to watch “Soup Group” as they are masters of clowning who can make any audience laugh without saying a single word.
I’m also going to check out Sooz Kempner’s new show “Playstation” as she’s guaranteed to always deliver a fantastic show for Gaming nerds everywhere.
I’m also certainly going to check out Tom Mayhew’s show “Trash Rich” as I’ve loved his BBC Radio series and he is a poignant and important voice for all working-class performers.

And as ever as part of my Fringe traditions I will definitely make time to see “Mr. Thing”, one of the most enjoyable times anyone can have at the Fringe. A late-night comedy talk show with guests, violence, chaos, ping pong and puppets? You’d be a fool not to go!
Those are just off the top of my head but there are hundreds of shows that I’ll try to go and see. My favourite thing to do is to just wonder around the Free Fringe and just see whatever looks bizarre or fun and then just try it out! More often than not I discover a new performer that I end up loving!

Finally, ask and answer a question of your own.

So how would you describe Asexuality?

The dictionary definition is just “the lack of sexual attraction”, but I find it much more fun to say it’s being really into people, just not really in people. I often use a useful beverage analogy where I simply say that I like my partners how I like my Tea: Warm, sweet, and nowhere near my trousers. People misunderstand asexuality because they think it means a fear or hatred of sex, but that’s not true, if anything it’s just indifference (I feel the same way about sex as I feel about Special K). That’s why I sometimes prefer the term ‘shagnostic’. There’s a lot of variations of identities under the Asexual umbrella, but you’ll have to come to the show to learn more about those haha. Click Here For Article

Eliott Simpson: (a)sexy and I know it

May 30, 2023   Arts York Webzine

Eliott Simpson: (a)sexy and I know it

Comedian Eliott Simpson brings his show (a)sexy and I Know It to the Great Yorkshire Fringe prior to a run at the Edinburgh Fringe next month. The (a) is aptly placed, as Simpson’s show centres around his asexuality, and society’s response to this oft forgotten and misunderstood minority.

Simpson is an instantly likeable figure, bounding on stage enthusiastically in an Austin Powers style violet suit and waffle bowtie, and from that moment on the audience feels relaxed in his self-deprecating yet simultaneously self-assured company. Complete with props to aid his cheesy yet well-placed one-liners (plus running commentary of how much they set him back), and PowerPoint which largely serves to project various ‘dick pics’, the laughs just keep on coming. A section on the new-found gay romance between the Babadook and Pennywise the clown is a highlight.

As with any work in progress there are a couple of jokes that fall a bit flat (I’d skip the one about the Glaswegian comic’s advice), but by this point the audience are so in tune with Simpson that it doesn’t matter. Overall, he succeeds in finding the right balance between being both informative and hilarious, personal and universal, with a fominute show that is accessible and inclusive to members of the LGBTQIA community and its allies. Worth checking out in Edinburgh – with this ace show you can have your cake and eat it too.

(a)sexy and I Know It previewed at The Basement, York on the 23rd July 2019 as part of the Great Yorkshire Fringe. Keep up with Eliott and his gigs calendar here. Click Here For Article

Eliott Simpson: (a)sexy and I Know It

August 18, 2022    Neurodiverse Review

Eliott Simpson: (a)sexy and I Know It


Asexuality isn’t a subject that is covered much, if at all. In our ever increasing queer alphabet, ‘A’ doesn’t even stand for a group of over 7 million people worldwide. Erasure such as this is nothing new, even from within our community. Eliott Simpson has taken it upon themselves to educate an unknowing public about their sexuality.

Simpson’s show is silly and very, very funny. They pack the hour with so many gags and one-liners, they are unrelenting. Coupled with an unhinged delivery that is hypnotically unsettling, they have the audience in the palm of their hand. It’s great to see an out and proud autistic comedian, pepper their routine with references to their autism, without having to explain it, it’s representation like this autistic audiences crave, the knowledge that we are visible.

Eliott’s persona can be overwhelming at times, perhaps not for an Edinburgh Fringe audience, who, bombarded with so many comics, need something bold and brash to stand out and keep their attention. I wished I’d brought my noise-cancelling headphones as the audiences raucous laughter in such a crowded room can be a sensory nightmare.

Eliott is a fully-formed stand-up. Usually you see acts on the fringe that are, to put it kindly, rough around the edges. Eliott is ready to go onto a much wider audience. I would be surprised if they don’t get snapped up by one of the big comedy promoters sooner or later. I am sure these early audiences know this too, from the huge enthusiasm and thunderous applause, they know they’ve witnessed something and someone very special.

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FRINGE REVIEW: (A)Sexy and I Know It

May 10, 2022   GScene Magazine

FRINGE REVIEW: (A)Sexy and I Know It

In sharp purple suit with frilly cuffs, Brighton Fringe comedian Eliott Simpson tells us right off : “let’s get one thing straight: I’m not”. And Eliott is of course an anagram for toilet, so prepare for lots of excruciating dick jokes in this quick fire hour, with more one-liners than he or we can count.

Oh and he’s also autistic, which accounts for some of the frenzy in his non-stop performance. But Eliott has a serious mission- to educate us abut the nature of ascxuality – both what it is and what it isn’t, and to maybe make the world more tolerant to this group which he says are too small to be a recognised minority.

Asexuality, he asserts, is like being Gay, but not as fashionable, going on to add: “an asexual comic is a gap in the market but not one you can fill”. His bedroom fantasy is getting 8 hours of sleep, and he also points out that if we don’t laugh at his autism, it’s a hate crime. And it’s a hate crime if we do laugh.

I’m guessing by now you’ve picked up on Eliott’s technique – to self-deprecate but also explain why. As he says: “I sometimes go on Pornhub just to admire the wallpaper”.

And he points out that you can’t really come out as asexual, pondering whether asexuality – the lack of interest in sexual activity – is proper sexuality at all. “It’s not a low sex drive- it’s just that I don’t care,” he tells us. But he adds that globally 78 million identify with it – making them truly the 1 per cent.

But it’s within the safety net of sarcasm that Eliott’s show works best: “pornography gives you an unhealthy expectation of how quickly a plumber will come to your house”, he says. And he wonders if the name of the nature should be changed to “ shagnostic”

But in the end he gives us – appropriately – a serious anti-climax: “ we are a real community. We are real people and we don’t need to be fixed”.

Eliott’s show had a very short run at the Walrus in Ship Street. Click Here For Article

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Eliott Simpson: (A)sexy and I Know it