Will Mars: As Good as my Audience (2 stars)

This article is from 2014

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Ropey Edinburgh Festival Fringe show fails due to moany patter, not unpopular opinions

Will Mars is pretty open about his opinions, and they’re opinions he’s aware will make him unpopular. In fact, he makes a feature of being a dickhead (his word, not ours). Having awkwardly – and somewhat pleadingly – acknowledged the presence of a reviewer at his show, he’s probably got a fair idea what’s coming.

Will, it’s not what you think. No, this reviewer doesn’t agree with your opinions on recycling or the objectification of women, but that’s not the reason she didn’t like your show. There’s a point when misanthropic patter becomes moaning, and you passed it. And while real wit can make us laugh at that unsavoury opinion in spite of ourselves, following it up with a cheeky smile cannot.

In the first half there is hope – a couple of clever analogies switch things up from the baseline banality. But it was not a sign of better to come. Will Mars says he’s as good as his audience (and in fact has a clever idea to ‘prove’ it, which gets almost swept under the carpet at the end): tonight he started with a group who gave a gutsy roar in response to the question ‘are we drinking?’ and finished with an occasionally sniggering vacuum.

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 556 5375, until 24 Aug (not 12), 7.40pm, £5­–£7.

Will Mars: As Good As My Audience

  • 2 stars

New show from Will Mars.