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Mae Martin: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Mae Martin Edinburgh Fringe

Mae has always been an intriguing and delightful performer, with a batch of great stories from a very interesting life.

This year she’s opening up about addiction and why humans pursue such short term pleasure.

Hello. How are you today?

I’ve been watching Netflix crime documentaries all day so I’m pretty much terrified of being murdered by a priest.

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

Closely! This is the most thematically sound show I’ve done, everything centres around the theme of addiction and that hasn’t changed. I can’t think of anything more stressful than writing programme blurbs really. Except war and famine etc.

Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?

Not so much my hour, but out on the circuit it’s changed. I see a lot more politically engaged comics, people are angry about the state of the world, and there are a whole range of audience reactions to that. I still mostly talk about my personal life and childhood, but maybe I feel more comfortable being angry about stuff and calling people out where I feel they need to be called out. I just turned 30, too, so maybe that’s part of it. I’m making it sounds like the comedy circuit is no longer funny at all but don’t worry – it is. Fuck why am I so earnest in interviews

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

I’m sharing with Al Green and Rose Matafeo. I’ve lived with Al Green before and it was great because I think we delight in each other’s misery, and find it funny when we find each other sprawled on the floor of the living room begging to go back to London. Rose Matafeo is going to have a lot to deal with. Anyway both of them are two of my favourite comics, so it’ll be fun.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

There are so so many but off the top of my head today: Al Green (he’s so many comedian’s favourite comedian), Rose Matafeo (funny bones, man) Nick Coyle (I love a show that spooks me), Jack Barry (his new show is SICK and we had a threesome once), and Phil Dunning (he has to be seen to be believed).

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

Aside from my hour, Nick Coyle and I are doing a late night improvised show that is going to be a chaotic mess and really really fun. I’m hoping it’ll keep me sane. We have no idea what it’s going to be yet but we know it’ll be different every night.

What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?

Ah come on, Bowie, dude. I was in Australia and I definitely cried and tried to make it about me. That was a huge shock though, and I think he had many great albums left in him. My Dad was in a Bowie cover band in his teens. Again – such an earnest answer for a comedy interview. Like I said, I’ve spent the day watching crime documentaries.

Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.

There’s an incident called the “Dyatlov Pass Incident” that I want everyone to google and help explain to me. It’s basically an unsolved mystery that happened in the Ural mountains in 1959. The wikipedia page starts normal like “oh yeah 9 dead hikers, unsolved mystery, standard” and then every subsequent detail is more and more fucked up and insane. Like, their clothes were radioactive when they were found. What?

Mae Martin: Dope
City Cafe
3-27 Aug, 8pm

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