Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Shane Mauss – Mating Season at Assembly George Square (Venue 3), reviewed by Kate Copstick
It IS a proper test of a comic who is “big” elsewhere to come to Edinburgh and play to
half-a-dozen people in a converted car park.
Shane Mauss is big in America. He has awards and TV shows and celebrity pals. When I saw him, early in the Fringe, he totally rocked the aforementioned car park. It is wonderful watching a smart, talented, very funny bloke have an obvious absolute ball making other people laugh. That is what a comic should do.
Genuine enjoyment is contagious, and we all caught it from Mr Mauss. From the moment he appeared, we were laughing, and I guarantee that no-one who goes to see his show will ever wash their hands without having a fit of the giggles again.
He is fascinated by evolutionary psychology, has studied everything from the mating dance of the fruit fly to rutting stags, and has a very New Man attitude to pregnancy.
He tackles female supremacy, homosexuality and hot wax, before getting down to some serious personal revelations. I don’t want to say too much, but if there are any butt screamers out there, you have just found family.
I can’t think of many comics who find – if you will pardon the pun – such genuinely fertile comedy ground in the ins and outs of the human reproductive process. Shane doesn’t have kids himself, for reasons which he explains. In this freshly funny, genuine delight of a show even the Garden of Eden is invaded and becomes a comedy playground. And to think they once thought Milwaukee’s beer was the only fun thing to come out of Wisconsin.
Until 25 August. Today 10:30pm
More info: Shane Mauss is at Assembly George Square
Originally published in The Scotsman