Carey Marx: Intensive Carey (4 stars)

A hilarious musing on his brush with death


This article is from 2013.

Carey Marx: Intensive Carey

Carey Marx would have performed his ninth Fringe show last August, except he had a heart attack (actually several of them) that almost killed him. On the strength of his triumphant return to Edinburgh this year, having a near-death experience has turned out to be a boon for him. The blackly comic, deeply personal story about his brush with mortality has provided Marx with material which perfectly suits his line in smart, shocking humour.

One has to wonder who other than Marx would find it quite so funny that a man could pleasure himself instead of calling an ambulance in that deathly scenario. Nearly being caught by the hotel staff after having almost tossed himself off to death is only the beginning of Marx’s hilariously self-coruscating rewind through what might have been his last moments.

His recounting of what did happen to him is funny enough. But when Marx lets his imagination extrapolate what might have happened (and might yet still happen to him), Intensive Carey really soars.

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This article is from 2013.

Carey Marx: Intensive Carey

  • 4 stars

Intensive Carey delves into the repercussions of a life-changing experience. What happens when something so profound impacts your life? On hearing his doctor’s orders ('Mr Marx, if you have another heart attack, go immediately to a hospital. Do not, I repeat, do not consider masturbating'), Carey was forced to review some…


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