AN intricate and profound comedian who specialises in exploring ways in which philosophical inquiries and reflective examinations can be weaved into the fabric of a joke, is coming to Colchester.

Ahir Shah, a side-splitter from London and intellectual export of the University of Cambridge, is performing at Colchester Arts Centre tomorrow night.

The stand-up, who started his career at open mic nights and is a writer on the BBC’s satirical news show, The Mash Report, is visiting the town with his latest comedy show, DOTS.

Peppered with an immeasurable amounts of talking points, including Mexico, culture, politics, depression, adulthood, funerals, and dead German sociologists, audiences would be forgiven for struggling to see precisely where the humour is going to come from.

Subject matters which usually harbour a reputation for being notoriously difficult to approach and dissect, Shah tackles head-on with meticulous thought.

But, if his previously celebrated efforts are anything to draw from, the show is sure to be far funnier than it sounds and the comedian would like guests to conclude.

His last international touring campaign, for his show Duffer, garnered critical acclaim and saw packed-out venues across the country lead to a successful run in London’s West End.

Shah was also nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards two years running in 2017 and 2018, but the subject of his 2016 show, Machines, was perhaps his most poignant.

Having performed in a venue situated among the devastating terror attacks which shook Paris in 2015, Shah, processed the horrific events by writing about it.

He has continued to dominate the live circuit ever since, but Shah is no stranger to broadcasting his brand of comedy via other mediums as well.

For example, he has previously put in successful stints on the likes of Have I Got New For You, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order and Live At The Apollo and now fronts a panel show on BBC Radio 2.

Ahir Shah will perform DOTS at Colchester Arts Centre on Saturday from 8pm.

Doors to the venue will open at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £12 or £10 for concessions and can be purchased by visiting or by calling the box office on 01206 500900.