Kitty Elidrisi, a comedian who was watched every step of the way | Letters

The New York Times review of his autobiographical show was given by fellow comedian Gene Rayburn. “He is the consummate standup actor,” he said. “And he has the kind of charisma that enables even extremely self-absorbed but intelligent people to care deeply for him. He did twice as many shows in two months as this review could be on.”

For the Baltimore Sun, Louis Kirk called him “the greatest standup star I have ever seen or heard. … And not just the fact that he is, for me, one of the all-time greats,” but because he embodied “a real meaning for being an artist, for being culturally intelligent, and for living in a time when nothing ever seems to have to stop and slow down for anyone.” He described Elidrissi as “without a doubt the greatest British comic to ever be on stage in America … You sense that if he didn’t have such a jump in his step that it must be another great secret.” Ray Wilkins, in the New York Times, called his show “rock solid as a voracious shark at bottom of the ocean, skinflint charming at high tide and as tributary tract as a paleontologist digging up a microfossil at the world’s zenith.” He called the show “easily the finest collection of the links between the comedian and the class clown seen on Broadway since Mel Brooks delivered The Producers five years ago.”

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