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Seymour Mace: Fringe 2012
One of the formats that’s attracted the most buzz in Edinburgh over the past couple of years is Set List, the improvised stand-up game where solitary comedians must ad lib their routine based only on odd subject headings they have never seen before.
It’s a real challenge that can leave even the best comics floundering… but Seymour Mace is performing more than half an hour of the same thing every day this Fringe. Where’s his Sky Atlantic contact?
The show is called Squeg because, like many festival performers, he was unprepared when the programme deadline came around so plumped for something meaningless. Like fewer festival performers, he’s still unprepared midway through the festival, so asks his audience to write down odd questions and ideas, around which he riffs.
It might be lazy, but when it results in the free-flowing hilarity it did this lunchtime, that’s of no importance. Today that journey takes us to a Joy Division/Russ Abbot mashup, racism as applied to Gummi Bears and a recurring idea that we will all one day surrender ourselves to robots, which was set up in the prepared preamble but taken in new directions once the adlibbing starts.
The topics, though, are irrelevant. What counts is Mace’s apparently effortless ability to make them all stupidly funny. He sets up a great rapport with the audience – the unamplified performance, lit by sunlight demolishing any artificial boundary between him and us – and he recreates the atmosphere of being the funny mate having a laugh.
That’s important, because Mace confesses to suffering clinical depression. He tackled it in last year’s show but – surprise! – doing an Edinburgh run isn’t the panacea for deep-set mental health issues you might think. The joy has been sucked from comedy for him by having to be funny professionally, rather than just down the pub. This is his successful attempt to go back to that simpler approach.
Art seems something of a therapeutic release, too, and he shows us some of his surreal single-framers that would do The Far Side’s Gary Larsson proud.
But rather than dwell on his reality – after all, how many shows about depression can one man do? – Mace harnesses his instincts to just arse about for our entertainment. Job done.
|Date of live review: Thursday 16th Aug, '12|
Review by Steve Bennett
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I saw him do a 30 minute set and he made it look easy, Brilliant material and inspirational to anyone getting into comedy with his unique outlook on life! Anyone who loves comedy should make every effort to see this act!
I have never felt so ripped off at a comedy night. Awful. Did 20 minutes and you could tell he was struggling with that long. Dreadful
I've only heard one of his jokes on Radio 4's 28 Acts In 28 minutes. He was the best by miles - a comedy inspiration.
As quick as shit off a shovel. Love him.
Every time I've seen him he's rocked it
Not as funny as he thinks he is. But a nice guy all the same.
Seymour is just great! Really original with fantastic material. He has created a unique niche in stand up. Brilliant!
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