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An established Swedish comedian, who started in 1997, Magnus Betner is now attempting to work his way up the British circuit.
He has recorded three comedy specials on Swedish TV, as well as his own series In Your Face, where he performed stand-up in places such as a church and a mosque. He has also released four stand-up DVDs.
Magnus Betner: Cum All Ye Faithful
At first glance Swedish comic Magnus Betner appears to be a bit of a misanthrope. But like infamous American comedic grump Doug Stanhope, although Betner seem to have an issue with the world in actual fact most of what he says is from a pretty liberal perspective. An advocate of freedom of speech and civil liberties for all, you can’t help but feel that those who find his shtick controversial haven’t really been listening.
There’s no doubt he has strong views on most topics and is unafraid to issue forth with them with unerring frankness; there’s no pussy-footing around or sugar coating here. His use of English (his second language of course) is forthright to say the least - god is described simply as ‘an asshole’. It’s provocative and he doesn’t seem to care if he offends but then if you’re taking on board a lot of what he says he talks a whole lot of sense.
There’s some logical atheist theorising about god or rather the lack of ‘Him’. He muses on the fact that you can’t smack kids yet it’s perfectly acceptable to circumcise your son before he’s old enough to make his own decision. He’s a feminist too, as he notes himself, discussing the nature versus nurture debate when bringing up girls and boys. In regard to sexuality it makes no sense to him how men can find anal sex with a man an abhorrent idea yet spend time and energy pursuing it with woman. Then, rather than uncharitably lampooning fat people as many comedians do , he celebrates them as fellow hedonists for refusing to put a cap on their enjoyment of food, advocating the view that you should have as much fun as you can in this short life.
Perhaps the only time he really touches on a topic that seems extreme is his tongue-in-cheek suggestion that ‘abortion’ is the answer for the more annoying under fives but then these are just gags after all. Plus he has five-year-old daughter, whom he declares he loves to pieces to soften the material.
Tonight Betner seemed to take a little while to get started, possibly as it’s late in the Fringe and he’s spent much of it pickling himself. As he points out in Sweden being drunk everyday for 15 years is considered alcoholism, in Scotland it’s just liking a drink. As well as a drink problem (or more than likely because it) he also touches on his depression, further flashing his sensitive side.
Overall, it’s easy to see why he’s equally a popular and controversial figure back in his native Sweden, and it can’t be long before he begins to break over here.
|Date of live review: Monday 30th Aug, '10|
Review by Marissa Burgess
Wednesday 4th Nov, '09- The Pipeline
I like this comedian, he isn't that funny granted although neither was Bill Hicks, George Carlin or indeed Lenny Bruce! Ive never looked at stan-up comedy as a something you buy a ticket to see and you come out laughing after having a good time. There is enough of that shite on the telly. No, I want comedy to make me feel good, amuse me and at the same time give me something I can take away after I leave, a memory and thats what I got when I seen Magnus Betner. His show this year didn't make me laugh but fuck did it amuse me as he spoke about things that I've never really thought about and he made me think about stuff. Of course that is a long way from the general relics that you normally see on the stages of the Glee Club Birmingham and maybe it's not what the market demands right now but I tell you what I brought my 17 year old son with me this year and my 15 year old daughter and they've both said tthey want to see him again. Perhaps my fellow Glee visitor, this is the shape of things to come? What we want is new comedians who are not afraid to talk about things that aren't everyones bag, I mean not every painting, song, or even poem will be liked by the masses, however there will be a few that will welcome something different. Give this comedian a chance if only for the fact that he is doing it in a second language. I hope there is more like him to follow before live British comedy gets to the point that it becomes really unfunny.
Last Friday night at The Glee Birmingham saw an audience supremely warmed up by compare Kevin McCarthy turned flat by Magnus Betner. If I had wanted to hear someone's opinion on the war in Afghanistan then I may have been better suited to a debating chamber than a comedy club. I'm not easily offended by anything, but gags about how every woman should have a abortion left me a little flat and feeling sorry for any woman in the audience who had to go through the trauma. (is it funny to laugh about 5 month old abortions? maybe not) Magnus commented on us not laughing and our blank faces - I think that told more about his act that the attitude of the audience. Very poor supposed comedy delivered very poorly.
Review @ Pipeline, 4th November 2009. I imagine a reviewer has to consider all kinds of incidental but relevant factors, such as tone of voice, body language, audience reaction, audience composition, context, background, which might distract from actual content. Still I feel disappointed with the comment in the review "his take on Michael Jackson can be summed up as ‘of course he’s a paedophile – he had a funfair in his garden’. " Magnus had stated as fact quite early on that Michael Jackson was a paedophile. The joke was that Jackson lacked commitment, compared with someone like Fritzl. Magnus invited the audience to adopt a paedophile's point of view. I think the joke was more nuanced and potentially dangerous than this review gives him credit for. Although Magnus covers nominally the same subjects as other comedians, I believe he does his own research and expresses his own opinions, relatively free from the group-think that may sometimes afflict established performers in the UK. The review is spot-on about Magnus's oratorical skills. He is easy to listen to, and he performs with considerable charm. He says naughty things, but backs them up with a winning smile. Although Magnus often performs longer sets in Sweden, I'm not sure he's done 45 minutes in English before. As he gets more experience, I think he'll become one of the most exciting performers in the UK.
I liked the review Mr B, as its good to know that there are reporters out there that no how to crate the fuel needed to wind up a genius and make him strive to shut you up! I have never ever read a good review yet on Magnus Betner and I hope to my fictitious god that I never will! Magnus is Magnus. The very best and still in his UK infancy. I wasn't at the show that night, as I knew it would have been full of cheapskate Swedes wanting to see him for Ł5. I take advantage and see him in real clubs where he belongs. Make no mistake, once Magnus knows what the British public wants, he will deliver and blow you all away!
Well I didn't go to this show that Chortle reported on so I can't agree or disagree with the comments made. However I have been to most of the other shows and being an American living and working in the UK, I have to say that this Swede is an absolute an utter breath of fresh air to the stagnant British comedy scene that somehow seem to have forgotten or got scarred that sometimes it is ok to break the rules. This Swedish comedian to magnificent and so damn innovative and still in his infancy in English. Many keep comparing him to Bill Hicks, fuck that, Lenny Bruce people as Magnus Betner is not a comedian, he is the reincarnation of Lenny Bruce, I am sure of it.