Bobby Mair: Off Meds
Canadian funnyman has nice gags but ramshackle structure brings act down
This article is from 2014.
'My act is like a finger in the ass,' asserts Bobby Mair towards the end of his show. But despite opening with a dubious joke about Gaza, he's not as controversial as he thinks. The Canadian slacker mixes observations with made up stories to varying effect. As he points out, if you don't like the joke he's telling, there'll be another one soon enough.
This scattershot approach suggests that Mair is still honing his material and trying out new routines. One joke about Coca-Cola falls so flat it feels like he's never tried it out in public; although, to his credit, he uses its poor reaction as a springboard to get his audience back on side. He's keen to discomfit the crowd and often goes out of his way to provoke them. There are moments, however, when his ire threatens to lose him sympathy altogether, especially a strangely misjudged story about him being castigated by a woman for putting his feet on a train seat. He expects the crowd's sympathy but the confused murmur suggests he's on his own.
He's certainly capable of generating a frisson and there are some really nice gags, particularly some neat observations on drug taking; but his ramshackle structure barely holds it all together.
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