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Mark Maier Objects
Most people talk to the objects around them. A car that's run out of petrol or a tap that just won't stop dripping. In Mark's life these objects talk back to him.
Somewhat overlooked on the word-of-mouth grapevine this festival, experienced comic Mark Maier has created a quietly charming hour in the deeper recesses of the Underbelly.
Objects is based on the simple concept of what inanimate items would say if they could talk. It's fairly common comedic device stand-ups use to enliven their set, but, perhaps surprisingly, no one's thought to create an entire show around it until now.
For Maier, it might have been a more obvious route to take since he like to talk to such objects himself, whether it's pleading with his car not to break down or appealing for his keys to show themselves so he can leave the house. This, then, his imaginings of what it would be like if they reciprocated.
But there's more to it than that, as Maier adds structure to the basic idea by recounting sentimental stories from his childhood. A hyperactive boy, his father called him "fat baby on the rampage", he was both a tearaway who struggled academically and a hopeless, awkward romantic who made cack-handed attempts to woo an older girl.
After Maier completes each anecdote, he then switches point of view to one of the items mentioned in it from a crumpled old sock to his pet dog. Each is a delightful, individual creation with perceptively apt accents and mannerisms; from the felt-tip pens that sound like something from The Sopranos to a single grain of sand who projects in pretentious, actorly tones.
Maier proves himself quite the character actor, making these frankly ridiculous flights of fancy seem perfectly believable through precise, nuanced performances. His portrayal of a match whose friends have all died following horrific burns accidents, for instance, manages to be touching and poignant which is some achievement when you remember it's just a match.
It's a warmly funny piece, too, driven by these well thought-out creations rather than the quest for the next punchline. There's a fun, uplifting showstopper to send you out with a spring in your step, but the joy of Objects is in the subtle observation, rather than the big gesture, and it's the better for it.
Saw the Objects extravaganza as part of the Spikefest and mightly impressed with the skill, professionalism, imagination and, of course, humour of Mr Maier. A must see show on the comedy circuit.
Fantastic. The Dog in the Fridge by Fat Baby on the Rampage is a classic! And you cannot help but feel a deep sadness for the Lucky Sock.
Ever imagined your refrigerated dog's a German psychoanalyst and your box of matches contains an army of little wooden people with hearts and souls? From the wierd and leftfield mind of Mark Maier, such fantasies ebb and flow...keeping us, the audience, riveted and smiling. Lovely, gentle humour and plenty of odd, embarrassing stuff you can relate to but would never admit to your mates.
Outstanding. Great quality of writing and beautifully delivered. Classic stuff.
Saw a preveiw of this show and it's great.
Thought it was very clever, could relate to a lot of the stuff and the voices and the character stuff is spot on.