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The Mae Martin Experience. The Invisible Dot Ltd.

| Comedy | 22/07/2014

Mae Martin Experience

Thank you Canada. Thank you for Tokyo Police Club and “The Great Outdoors”. Thank you for William Shatner, Shania Twain, maple syrup, Tony Law, second helpings of maple syrup and Justin Bieber. Ok, maybe not Bieber. In fact, now that we’re on the subject, definitely not Bieber. Seriously, what the hell is that guy all about?   Don’t sweat it Canada, we still like you. Everyone makes mistakes now and then; just promise us that you won’t ever make this particular mistake again. PROMISE US. I’d like to go on record now and state that namedropping Bieber has in no way been a shameless attempt to boost web traffic. Bieber! Bieber! Bieber! Bieber-Fever!

Moving back to what was going to be my original point, let’s all give Canada a huge pat on the back for giving us Mae Martin. Mae is friendly, hilarious and one of the nicest comedy hosts imaginable. She’s confessional, self-deprecating and decorates her autobiographical anecdotes with a genuine sparkle. When you throw into the mix how unbelievably warm the conditions were, it makes her knack for threading this evening together all the more impressive. And when I say the venue was warm, I mean warm. Imagine if you will the insides of a thermal sock, inside a snow boot, inside a microwave, inside a sauna on the surface of the sun. Have you got that? Well, forget about it for it was nothing compared to the crazy-hot temperatures inside The Dot last Friday.

Everyone on the bill was excellent, truly excellent. Phil Wang, for example, smashed it to the moon and back with his innovative use of a loop pedal. Phil Wang, for example, smashed it to the moon and back with his use of a loop pedal. Phil Wang, for example, smashed it to the moon and back with innovative use of a loop pedal. Earlier in the evening, Birthday Girl did a brilliant sketch on Channel Four’s dietary/lifestyle genre.   Natasia Demetriou, who is one of my top tips for Edinburgh, performed a highly entertaining character piece that escalated magnificently. Joe Wilkinson, who was sweating like a champion, served up my favourite line of the night. I won’t spoil it for you but it focused upon his deep-seated love of sitting down.

Choosing my ultimate favourite on a night like this is a tricky business. Normally, I’d boycott that whole business and say something non-committal like “I loved them all in equal measure”. On this occasion however, I’m going to jump off the fence and plump for Ellie White’s spoken word piece. An ode to Harry Styles, a mournful sexual fantasy with a layered-dream structure straight out of Inception, the crowd lapped it up like thirsty puppies. The musical finale to her set was the icing on a delicious comedy cake.

If you’re heading up to Edinburgh and are interested in seeing Natasia Demetriou or Ellie White, you’ll find some useful information below.  If you’d like to know more about The Mae Martin Experience, check out The Dot’s website.

Natasia Demetriou – You’ll Never Have All Of Me

Underbelly//9:20pm//31st of July – 24th of August

Ellie White – Humans

Viva Mexico//2:30pm//2nd of August – 23rd of August

By Jack Clayton (@BilboTalk).

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