Mae Martin visits some London venues during her UK tour. We caught up with the Canadian funnywoman to find out more.
Nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe during this year's Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Mae has been cracking audiences up across the world since she was a young teen. Her brand new routine, Dope, gives an interesting and hilarious insight into addiction, compulsion and obsession.
Debuted at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year, the standup's show has already been well-received around the world, with The Guardian describing it as very funny and unexpectedly moving - the tightest and most well-paced show at the festival'.
Hi, Mae. Can you tell us a little bit more about Dope?
I've toured this show already in Melbourne, London and Edinburgh. It's all about addictive behavior. Everything from being obsessed with celebrities, to relationships, to drugs and alcohol.
How did you come up with the concept?
All my standup is super personal. I guess I'm not that creative because I have to draw from my own life experiences. I have always had an addictive personality, I think. Throughout the set, I speak chronologically about all of my additions. I hope that it's quite relatable to some people.
You started writing and performing comedy when you were just 13, what made you get into it at such an early age?
I was a huge fan of Jim Carrey. I loved comedy and convinced my family to take me to a comedy club when I was around 11 years old. I was totally bewitched by the whole thing. And once I started performing, I fell in love with it even more. It's such a high and can be really seductive. It's something that I talk a lot about during the show.
I didn't go to school, I dropped out and I don't have any qualifications, so I guess I have to kind of make it work now.
Lastly, why should people come along to your show?
Well, I think the world is a very scary place and it's nice just to laugh. Also, I'm a nice person and it's my first tour!
I sound like I want people to come along out of pity. In all seriousness, I think it'll be a really fun, relatable show for people to enjoy.
On top of the tour, this is an exciting period for Mae. She is currently working on her new BBC Radio 4 series and will soon be publishing, Can Everyone Please Calm Down?', which documents her thoughts on sexuality.
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