Marlon Davis: Crackin' Up (3 stars)

Likeable and charismatic, this comedian is difficult to resist

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This article is from 2013.

Marlon Davis: Crackin' Up

Being nice can get you far in life and Marlon Davis' charm is his greatest asset. After a few anecdotes in which he establishes himself as a nice guy, a bit of a try-hard, an inoffensive fellow, he starts in with a few standard gripes about his relationship.

The difficulties he has been having with his girlfriend of seven years form the backbone of the show. As he describes tales of petty torture and inconsiderate behaviour directed towards him, the crowd are on his side. As we get further towards the truth, however, Davis reveals that the precipitating factor in his break-up: his over-investment in the role-playing computer game Football Manager.

He walks a nice line between petitioning for sympathy for being so involved in the game while exposing the ridiculousness of putting so much stock into it. His vigorous, impassioned performance enlivens pretty standard relationship material. Even when a punter exits conspicuously for a pee and re-enters during a dramatic moment, he is nothing short of polite. Likeable and charismatic, he is difficult to resist.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 7.15pm, £8.50–£11 (£7.50–£10).

This article is from 2013.

Marlon Davis: Crackin' Up

  • 3 stars

Off The Kerb Productions. Hotly anticipated follow-up to 2012's critically acclaimed show. Marlon Davis returns to Edinburgh with a brand new hour of soul-baring comedy. 'A compelling storyteller whose anecdotes carry the elusive stamp of urban authenticity' (Scotsman). ★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). ★★★★ (Creamofthefringe.com).

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