Bible stories told by an idiot
This article is from 2008.
An hour with this Geordie comic won't leave you any the wiser about his love life or neuroses. That's not his thing. He doesn't want to offend his crowd, brag at them or sleep with them, he just wants to share his oddball little world. It's a sort of comedy Never Neverland where eagle-penguin cross-breeds roam (that's Seymour Mace's explanation of owls) alongside kidnap victims and Santa, with a slightly absurd whiff of Vic and Bob wafting over everything.
His follow-up to last year's superhero show is a Bible-based flight of fancy, like a surreal Sunday school lesson with an enjoyably grown-up, potty-mouthed twist. After declaring God the world's biggest stalker, probably sharing heaven with Aslan and Peter Pan, Mace (who claims, falsely, to be an idiot) then acts out the stories of Moses, Noah and the 12 apostles using sock puppets and drawings. There are a couple of dips in Mace's energy levels when the crowd don't let out many big laughs, but when he springs back, his smart, escapist fantasies can't help but suck in new converts.
The Stand II, 558 7272, until 24 Aug, 1.25pm, £8 (£7).