Marlon Davis at the FHM Search For A Stand-Up Hero final

Note: This review is from 2009

Review by Steve Bennett

Still a relative newcomer, Marlon Davis bursts on to the stage like a breath of fresh air, with impish grin, boyish enthusiasm and an effortlessly open, confident style that instantly wins him friends in the audience.

His material is developing to match his presence, too, ditching the derivative Def Comedy Jam-inspired rabble-rousing with which he started on the circuit in favour of a well-observed routine about the different lifestyles of his separated mother and father. There’s a loosely topical angle to some of his material, with routines about how Barack Obama has changed attitudes to race, or BNP leader Nick Griffin’s appearance on Question Time, but it’s light and mischievous, rather than working to any agenda.

His short set is solidly constructed, too, with a nice line in running gags, but most of all, he comes across as an engaging, naturally funny young man.

Review date: 24 Nov 2009
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
Reviewed at: Comedy Loft Camden

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