Edward Aczel is known as a hero of 'anti-comedy'. His style is shambolic, poorly presented and he has no confidence in his own skill as a stand-up. For anyone else, this combination would add up to a terrible, unwatchable show, but somehow in the hands of Aczel, it works. His complete lack of witty material and slapdash approach to delivery make for a unique and very funny show. And to prove it, he won the coveted Malcolm Hardee Award at Edinburgh in 2008 and was a runner-up in the 2005 BBC New Comedy Awards, alongside the then-unknown Sarah Millican.
So if you like your comedy alternative with a capital 'A', and you've got an hour to spare on Saturday 23rd Feb (and a friend to take), then all you have to do is answer to the following question:
QUESTION: Malcolm Hardee used to be part of which act - famous for its 'naked balloon dance' - which was resurrected for the Festival Preview Show at De Montfort Hall earlier this month?
Email the answer to this email address, putting 'Ed Aczel Competition' in the subject line, and include your full name and answer in the email, and a contact number if you want to (don't worry - I won't sell your details to a Nicaraguan Death Squad or anything).
The winner will receive two tickets to see Edward Aczel on Sat 23rd February 2013 at The Belmont Hotel, starting at 8.30pm. Closing date for the competition is midday on Sunday, 27th January 2013. Winner will be chosen at random by the Leicester Comedy Hamster and notified by email. Hamster's decision is final etc etc.