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Itís the first week in March and Iím trying to force my fragile little inklings out of their brain hole into an orderly paragraph for your reading pleasure. Like being pregnant and trying to describe exactly who my child will grow up to be. Itís a baby for god's sake! Canít you just let it grow in its own way? Iíve had enough of this! Iím going to my motherís for the weekend and donít try to call me because I wonít answer!
Seymour Mace: Fringe 2012
One of the formats thatís 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.
Itís a real challenge that can leave even the best comics flounderingÖ but Seymour Mace is performing more than half an hour of the same thing every day this Fringe. Whereís 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, heís 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, thatís 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 Maceís apparently effortless ability to make them all stupidly funny. He sets up a great rapport with the audience Ė†the unamplified performance, lit by sunlight demolishing any artificial boundary between him and us Ė†and he recreates the atmosphere of being the funny mate having a laugh.
Thatís important, because Mace confesses to suffering clinical depression. He tackled it in last yearís show but Ė surprise! Ė doing an Edinburgh run isnít 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 Sideís Gary Larsson proud.
But rather than dwell on his reality Ė after all, how many shows about depression can one man do? Ė†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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