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WILL MARS: SCHTICK SHIFT

Comedy

Venue:Cabaret Voltaire, 36-38 Blair Street Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Phone: 0131 247 4704
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Long Room
AUG 4-15, 17-28 at 16:30 (60 min)
 
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A clean hour of hilarious stand-up from a British New Yorker. Top 50 Best Ever Jokes at the Fringe (Scotsman). Top 50 Funniest One-Liners Ever (Daily Mail). Top 10 Funniest Jokes of the Fringe (Dave TV). English Comedian of the Year Award Finalist 2014. As seen on BBC's Stand Up for Comic Relief. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra's The Comedy Club.


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August 13, 2016  Edinburgh Fringe Review
Review for Will Mars: Schtick Shift
Mars claims that Stand Up comedy is a fantastic expressive outlet in his day to day life; as such, the show ‘Schtick Shift’ is filled with observations, anecdotes and cynical self-assessments. The material is varied but always controlled, and the show is clearly well practiced without feeling stale. He almost fills a sixty seat damp and dark bunker on a rare sunny afternoon at the Fringe: I think this speaks for itself!
The mood is welcomingly casual; Mars was the show’s doorman, usher, and techie before he’s even stepped onstage. From this point, the material carries itself. At 38, Mars realises he doesn’t know who he is, who he wants to be and what’s more, perhaps that’s for the best. His entire attitude is summed up with his one crucial message for the audience: “Don’t follow your dreams”. Although this show of dark comedy won’t be for everyone, I find this fast-paced performance refreshingly brutal. The set up for most gags is perfectly measured, and at times the jokes only get funnier as the punchlines are drawn out.
It must be said that some sections are weaker than others: his justifications on buying battery-farmed chicken over free range don’t get much support from the typically middle class Edinburgh audience members, although to any crowd I’d say his defences are pretty underwhelming and not his best gags. He even speculates for a few minutes on new tactics terrorists could try out; it isn’t as bad as it could have been, and the punchline almost carries him through, but at this point, (45 minutes in to an hour long show) I feared from the nervous chuckles and unsure glances that this could’ve cost him the crowd for the remainder of the performance.
What I liked about Mars' style is that he seems completely effortless. He is personable, relatable and sharp. ‘Schtick Shift’ is an hour of easy watching and dry humour. Mars is quietly confident so that when a joke falls flat there is no awkwardness, he’s the first to embrace the potential from these moments, highlighting his own errors to a much more humorous end. As a free show, Will Mars is certainly worth an hour of your afternoon, and a few quid to contribute to those crippling travel expenses he’s had to stump up commuting from New York to Edinburgh – but I’m glad he did! Click Here

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