Markus Birdman: Love, Life and Death
Sentiment without the sugar in contemplative comedy piece
This article is from 2012.
Nope, it’s not just a keeping-his-options open title scribbled down on the Fringe application form in March – Markus Birdman really is here to address the big things in life and what comes next. As well he might: having turned 40 and suffered an unexplained stroke in quick succession in the last couple of years, he’s in a contemplative place.
Against a giant hand-drawn poster that looks like something from the frontispiece of an Alasdair Gray novel crossed with Mexican Day of the Dead-style skull illustrations, he takes us amiably through his near death experience and its after-effects. Birdman has an easy manner with the crowd; the son of a vicar with a gothic youth behind him, he’s terribly terribly well-spoken, which only enhances the effect when, with a gleam in his eye, he slips out the more edgy lines.
And it’s those that mean that, even with the sincere ‘Tips for Living’ it imparts, this show succeeds in sentimentality without a hint of mawkishness.
Stand Comedy Club II, 558 7272, until 26 Aug (not 13, 20), 9.20pm, £8 (£7).