Martin Mor: A Man You Don’t Meet Everyday
Infectiously amusing and sociable stand-up show
This article is from 2012.
A tattooed darts player. A hairy biker. A rapist Santa Claus. These are past comparisons used to describe Northern Irishman Martin Mor, which he openly lists with a kind of teasing glee. Snap judgments are the exact reactions Mor tries to dismantle over his hour-long stand-up show, as he performs in an intimate venue decorated with portrait artwork submitted by fans and friends. At first, this set looks like a fairly standard knob gags routine (there’s about one per minute), but it actually turns into an infectiously amusing performance. There’s something deeply liberating and wholesome about Mor himself.
And yet, the jokes just aren’t that strong. Mor’s experience as a veteran compere and touring comic threaten to drag the gig into a mini Q&A session, which is admittedly pleasant and warmly sociable, but at times a bit tiresome. Mor has tidily factored audience interaction into his show and built it around an immaculate and energised routine, but it doesn’t go beyond that. There aren’t any hilarious payoffs, novel observations or truly insightful remarks; just affectionate, cheerful chitchat.
The Stand II, 558 7272, until 26 Aug (not 13), 8.10pm, £8-£7.