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Mae Day
Published on Monday, 18 June 2012

ImageJust The Tonic @ The Caves
Comedy
2-13, 15-26 Aug, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Occasionally in this job, we have the privilege of stumbling on an unexpected treasure.  And that’s what happened when we dropped in on Canadian stand-up Mae Martin, in a room above a pub at last month’s Brighton Fringe.  She might not yet be a household name, but at the tender age of 24 Martin’s already reached the finals of the Musical Comedy Awards and the Hackney New Act of the Year… and with her free-flowing routine themed on the end of the world, we predict further success in Edinburgh this August.

Despite her relative youth, Martin’s already found her feet as a performer, wrote our reviewer Darren Taffinder; and more than that, there’s an exciting sense that she’s just starting to stretch her legs.  Combining stand-up, songs, and a remarkably credible Julia Roberts impression, her Brighton set proved both fun and likeable, with the only disappointment that the performance had to come to an end.

The parody songs are a highlight, Darren said, with a intervals of controlled improvisation adding variety from day to day.  One word of warning – despite its early hour and Martin’s sweetly innocent publicity shots, the language makes this firmly a show for grown-ups.  But if you’re ready for some warm-hearted stand-up at four in the afternoon, we’ll bet the zombie apocalypse will never seem so appealing.

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FROM OUR ARCHIVES

These are archived reviews of shows from Edinburgh 2012.  We keep our archives online as a courtesy to performers, and for readers who'd like to research previous years' reviews.

Edinburgh 2012 Five Stars

5 stars Comedy
Totally Tom


5 stars Comedy
The Magical Adventures of Pete Heat


5 stars Theatre
Bye Bye World


5 stars Comedy
Barbershopera: The Three Musketeers


5 stars Comedy
Truth


5 stars Theatre
The House of Shadows


5 stars Cabaret
Briefs


5 stars Theatre
Made for Each Other - Free


5 stars Comedy
Tony Law: Nonsense Overdrive


5 stars Comedy
Ivo Graham and Liam Williams


5 stars Comedy
Hannibal Buress: Still Saying Stuff


5 stars Comedy
The Blanks' Big Break


5 stars Theatre
A Clockwork Orange


5 stars Comedy
Richard Wiseman: Psychobabble


5 stars Comedy
Martin Mor: A Man You Donít Meet Everyday


5 stars Theatre
1984


5 stars Comedy
Swedenborg, the Devil and Me


5 stars Theatre
The Trench


5 stars Theatre
Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut


5 stars Theatre
Joyced!


5 stars Theatre
An Evening With Dementia


5 stars Comedy
Scott Agnew: Tales of the Sauna


5 stars Theatre
Comedian Dies in the Middle of Joke


5 stars Comedy
Chris Ramsey: Feeling Lucky


5 stars Comedy
The Horne Section - Live at the Grand!


5 stars Theatre
How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found


5 stars Theatre
The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle


5 stars Theatre
Songs of Lear


5 stars Cabaret
Jonny Woo: Wonder Woo-Man


5 stars Comedy
Josie Long: Romance and Adventure


5 stars Comedy
10 Films With My Dad


5 stars Theatre
4.48 Psychosis


5 stars Theatre
As You Like It


5 stars Theatre
Appointment With The Wicker Man


5 stars Comedy
Jessie Cave: Bookworm


5 stars Comedy
Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels


5 stars Theatre
Hearts on Fire


5 stars Theatre
Rainbow


5 stars Comedy
Chris Dangerfield: Sex Tourist


5 stars Comedy
Chris McCausland: Not Blind Enough


5 stars Theatre
Chatroom


5 stars Comedy
Peacock & Gamble Don't Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway


5 stars Theatre
I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I'm Afraid to Tell You


5 stars Comedy
John Robertson - The Dark Room - Free


5 stars Kids'
Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and His Singing Tiger