Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Seymour Mace Niche as F*ck!, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith.
Lanky and surprised-looking with goggle specs and an exaggerated Geordie accent, Seymour Mace is a Viz cartoon come to life. He’s got funny bones and a relaxed, ramshackle style of comedy that finds laughter in the oddest places.
Mace performs in a round room with drapes thrown open to let the sun in. His career is on the skids, he tells us, and life’s depressing enough without sitting in dark rooms. There are props – a winceyette sheet hanging on a rickety clothes rail, a pop-up puppet theatre with a cast of demented fluffy toys. There are knives, guns, bubbles and a series of hand-drawn, very funny cartoons.
Halfway, there’s a dramatic change of pace when Mace uses a window overlooking York Place for a brilliant visual gag. He has an excellent theory about who ends up with all the cash in Edinburgh and a brilliant notion of how to solve it. But there is too much self-indulgent bitching about the comedy industry.
I want to see more cartoons, more soft toys and more of the big daft man larking about – not to be reminded of the world outside the windows.
The Stand Comedy Club 2 (Venue 5B) until 30 August
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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