Colin Mars: A Life Full of Lemons (1 star)

This article is from 2012

Colin Mars: A Life Full of Lemons

Over-egged and unoriginal fare

Life may have given Mars his fair share of lemons, but instead of making lemonade, a yawnworthy theme he continually comes back to, he's squeezed the metaphorical citrus dry leaving nothing but a sour pulp. Nervous and sweaty, the three-strong audience presumably doing nothing for his wits, Mars stumbles through a set that swings erratically between entirely unoriginal fare and attempts at surrealism that fall utterly flat. In between this there's a lengthy section on superheroes which manages to be both slightly homophobic and sexist (he states that girls probably won't enjoy/understand this part – unwise when your audience is two-thirds female). Mars is all too aware of his failings, often apologising for some of his material, which is awkward instead of endearing. Save your cash and pop into a pub on the Royal Mile – you'll find the same standard of Dad banter there.

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Colin Mars: A Life Full of Lemons

  • 1 star

With his unique squeeze of observational comedy combined with a twist of surrealism, Colin Mars is a must see at this year’s festival. His warmth and energy guarantees an enjoyable experience for all. Taking a look at anything from miserable historical statues to the origin of old sayings and superstitions, he also looks…

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