“I fell in love with comedy because Boston had such a strong comedy scene and so many great comics,” says Boston native Alex Edelman. In his pursuit of comedy, Edelman started going to music open mics before being told that there were specific open mics for comedy. While he was influenced by his local heroes, he quickly found his own voice. Onstage these days he’ll poke fun at his hometown. “I’m from a really racist part of Boston,” he tells an audience, “called Boston.” He also talks about his heritage and his upbringing as an Orthodox Jew. “I’ve never had bacon,” he says, “I’m that kind of Jew. I’ve tried cocaine, but I’ve never had bacon.” When considering career paths, Edelman was also into sports, but seeing comedy live tipped the scales. “I was big fan of Brian Regan,” he says of his first exposure to standup. “Then, I saw Denis Leary host a benefit show.” Meanwhile, one of his brothers, Adam, stuck with sports and is on Israel’s Olympic skeleton team. 18+.