Comedy review: Zoe Coombs Marr: Dave
Comedy review: Zoe Coombs Marr: Dave

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Zoe Coombs Marr: Dave, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ A DARINGLY-high-concept show, Dave is Zoe Coombs Marr’s ­grotesque alter-ego, a hack stand-up performing his first hour at a Fringe festival. Dragged up in beard and jacket, the Australian commits fully to her undertaking and Dave is truly dreadful. …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Zoe Coombs Marr: Dave, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson

★★★

A DARINGLY-high-concept show, Dave is Zoe Coombs Marr’s ­grotesque alter-ego, a hack stand-up performing his first hour at a Fringe festival.

Dragged up in beard and jacket, the Australian commits fully to her undertaking and Dave is truly dreadful.

Inanely battering through his misogynist material, he grasps at every opportunity for ingratiation, from his increasingly desperate, “Am I right fellas?”, to overstating his friendship with Adam Hills and pelting sweets into the audience. Temperamentally fragile and technically clueless, an incident early in Dave’s set (he barely has ten minutes, let alone 60), finds him retreading familiar ground.

Thereafter, he begins a personal meltdown which, while comparable to an excruciatingly slow train crash, remains watchable throughout.

Dave is an unapologetic caricature and aspects of his behaviour are easy pot shots at a type of club comedy that has a relatively modest UK presence.

Still, Coombs Marr portrays him with verve, steadily ratcheting up his self-inflicted purgatory until a hypnotic, finale finds her demanding empathy for this misguided wretch. Notwithstanding his many limitations and naturally enough, long periods without laughter, I found myself wanting to spend more time with Dave.

Underbelly Cowgate (Venue 61), until 30 August, 9:20pm / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 15 August 2015

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