Bobby Mair: Loudly Insecure
- Suzanne Black
- 21 August 2017
This article is from 2017
Twisted logic and edgy performance make for a captivating hour
Canadian stand-up Bobby Mair used to take a lot of drugs, found out he was adopted, and has a tumultuous relationship with fellow comedian Harriet Kemsley (with whom he currently has a programme on Viceland TV). All this has provided fodder for his previous Fringe shows leaving us to ask what's actually left. Newly married and sober, Mair updates us on his previous travails while providing plenty of new, darker than crude oil observations and tales that he attributes to the mental health issues that loom towards him when the drug come-down clears.
Mair's shambling delivery and (deliberate?) misuse of the mic to alternate between quiet and ear-achingly loud, portray a man on the edge and make it easy to believe he's the kind of person who would do the terrible things he claims are true. These are mixed in with vicious flights of sordid fancy that induce a guilty storm of laughter from the crowd.
A brief sojourn into contemporary politics provides some inventive material but it doesn't match the joy of following him down some very twisted avenues of logic. Bobby Mair is at his best when he's testing the bounds of decency. But, as he repeatedly appeases, they're only jokes.
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