Shane Mauss: Mating Season (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Shane Mauss: Mating Season

An American comedian we'll want to see back at Fringe...with a bit more edge?

Wisconsin comic Shane Mauss tells us he has flattened out his accent down the years and that his mum would be appalled to hear him talking the way he does to this Edinburgh crowd. Perhaps his comedy, too, has lost its edge, because the reputation he arrived with doesn’t seem fully justified. There’s never a point where you drift off into other thoughts away from what’s going on in front of you, but Mauss is hardly irresistibly compelling either.

After a meandering opening about subways in Japan and toilets in Scotland (we have crazy things going on with our running water, apparently), Mauss gets into his stride with some insightful material about the gender divide and pushes all the right buttons with his slaughtering of homophobia and misogyny. The more laddish aspects of himself have fun with routines about female genitalia and evolution, but his heart and conscience are always deep in the right place.

This is a fine debut without any startling qualities to make him one of those American stand-ups we keep hoping will return to the Fringe sometime in the future.

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 25 Aug (not 12), 10.30pm, £11–£12 (£9.50–£10.50).

Shane Mauss: Mating Season

  • 3 stars

Assembly. Since puberty Shane has wondered: why are relationships so complicated? Why do we bother? And why God, why are we all so damn horny!? Still awaiting answers, Shane recently began studying evolutionary theory to explain our desires, attractions, and mating behaviours. He then turned what he found into jokes.