With plain white shirt, rolled-up sleeves, and an enraptured audience listening to his every word, Ahir Shah comes across more like a politician than a comedian.
That said, he's certainly more Jeremy Corbyn than David Cameron. He’s left wing but well aware he’s on the losing side.
Despite speaking with an eloquent tone instilled by his Oxbridge education, Shah accepts he has been '"colonised by his own voice", and expresses pride at being the son of immigrants. Rolling through his stump speech with a vigour most politicos would envy, Shah occasionally comes across as condescending but his awareness of this flaw is what makes him human. Something that cannot be said for most in Westminster.
His lexicon is vast and the way he speaks about giving up smoking is so poetic you wish he’d take it back up again just to hear him go through it all once more. "Flammable therapy" just sounds so damn appealing. He’s more than just a wordsmith though, injecting a great deal of heart into every perfectly annunciated soliloquy. At only 24 years of age there is an assuredness to Shah that mostly comes with being an old hand. A resignation that comes with having seen it all happen before. Thankfully for us, he has so much time ahead of him, we’ll be lucky enough to get to see it all.