Fresh from a lastminute.com Comedy Awards nomination at the Edinburgh Fringe, Mae Martin has announced her debut tour – Dope. The star of Comedy Central and BBC Radio 4 will perform 29 dates around the UK including a visit to Brighton’s Komedia on Tues 24 Oct.
The show sees her shine a light on that one weird shrimp we all have in our brains that is happy to pursue short-term pleasure, despite knowing the long-term negative consequences. She asks: who are we when we’re not addicted?
Skilfully and hilariously depicting her childhood obsessions, starting professional comedy at 13 (as well as a brief diversion into drug dealing), Dope candidly charts Mae’s addictions, rehab, sexuality and her development from awkward youth to millennial observationalist.
Dope debuted at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017 to widespread critical acclaim, before Mae took the work to the Edinburgh Fringe where it was nominated for ‘Best Show’ in the lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards. A British-Canadian writer and stand-up comedian, Mae’s stand up special (based on her 2016 Edinburgh show Us) Mae Martin at The Soho Theatre Live aired on Comedy Central in August and is now available to stream/download. Her second BBC Radio 4 series Mae Martin’s Guide to Addiction will broadcast next month, following her award-nominated Mae Martin’s Guide to 21st Century Sexuality and she is writing her first non-fiction book, Can Everyone Please Calm Down? Mae Martin’s Guide to Sexuality which will be published next summer.
A sitcom based on her previous show Us is in development with Objective Fiction and Channel 4, co-written with Skins writer Joe Hampson. Mae won a Canadian Screen Award for her writing on Canada’s CBC hit all-female comedy series Baroness Von Sketch Show and she has also written for BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack, News Quiz and The Now Show, as well as Endemol and Beyond’s YouTube sketch series Sketch My Life.
Mae received her first Canadian Comedy Award nomination at 15, and has been nominated twice since. On UK television, Mae has performed on the BBC3’s showcase for new comedy talent Live At the BBC, and had her first sitcom roles in Nick Helm’s Uncle and Outsiders, a Comedy Blap for Channel 4. Her stand-up appearance on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) went viral, and she has emerged as a bright new role model for nervous teens everywhere, gaining a vast and engaged social media following.
Mae Martin brings Dope to Brighton’s Komedia on Tues 24 Oct 2017