Marc Jennings: Getting Going
- Marissa Burgess
- 7 August 2019
Affable debut which eventually gets a little more confessional
Having reached all kinds of comedy finals in the last few years, Glaswegian Marc Jennings has finally produced his debut Edinburgh show, aptly called Getting Going. And it does feel like a proper beginning. It's an assured hour that also manages to reveal just enough insecurity to pique our empathy.
Jennings begins by drawing in the largely Scottish crowd with a deconstruction of the idiosyncrasies of the Glaswegian accent and phrasing. It's an easy gambit but is well played, and off he goes to bring us up to date on his life. With a philosophy degree and a Brexity nan, he's just moved back in with his folks. Meanwhile the call-centre job that fuelled a good section of comedy material has been kicked into touch, largely because it features rather strongly in a video clip of his stand-up that went viral.
Getting Going is all good-natured, affable stuff but towards the close he digs a little deeper to reveal some of his own vulnerabilities. Jennings is uncertain in love and his ultimate insecurity appears to lie in his own body image. The confessions add an intriguing layer of pathos and serves to prove that you can't judge from appearances.
The Stand 4, until 25 Aug (not 12), 8.15pm, £10 (£8).