Mat Ewins: What Sorry? My Mistake! The Doors Are Not Open; The Show Has Been Cancelled. Do Not Have Your Tickets Ready!
- Kenza Marland
- 5 August 2018
Slick and gleefully entertaining show
After securing an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination last year for his 'declaration of an independence from seriousness', Mat Ewins is back with another hour of nonsense-filled comedy. In much the same vein this time around, Ewins keeps his content and delivery fun, absurd and light-hearted, making for a silly and entertaining show.
It's 2068, and Ewins (together with some often hilarious audience interaction) is setting up a newspaper on Mars. His clear USP lies in the use of animations, interactive visuals, cameras and video. Almost unbelievably slick, the technology helps create the future Martian world in which the show exists, and is used seamlessly to both construct and enhance the regular gags. With secondary characters on screen, Ewins' homemade, clever animations become a novel and original part of a great double act between himself and his visuals.
Despite the absurdist, imagined narrative, Ewins' humour isn't always stupid. He touches on a host of current issues such as veganism, Twitter trolls, the rise of AI and the colonisation of space, but in a refreshingly relaxed and jovial manner. This is one show that doesn't take itself too seriously, doesn't try to achieve too much, and instead offers the Edinburgh Fringe comedy programme something a little bit different.
Just the Tonic at The Mash House, until 26 Aug (not 13), 8.50pm, £5 in advance or donations at the venue.