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Venue:The Pear Tree, 38 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DD
Phone: 0131 667 7533
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Pear Tree Indoor Stage
AUG 3-18, 20-27 at 14:45 (60 min)
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‘One of the UK’s Best Young Observationalists’ (The Guardian), went viral in India this year: not in a good way. Chris explores his new found ‘fame’, and why it means so much to him to be loved. Who would have thought a stand up comedian wants to be loved by everyone? Co-host of top 10 Comedy podcast. ‘The Carl Donnelly and Chris Martin comedy Podcast’, according to The Guardian. As seen on Live at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave). ‘Destined for Greatness’ (The Sunday Times).

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August 25, 2017  Three Weeks
Chris Martin, self-proclaimed “good boy”, has an affable demeanour on stage that makes him hard not to like. He delivers the typical observational and anecdotal comedy set, but his jokes are well-crafted and slick and, despite it not being particularly original, I still found myself laughing throughout. Martin maintains his “good boy” status here, being kind and good-natured in his humour, while his self-deprecating jokes about his own need for reassurance are particularly charming and relatable. His management of the audience is excellent, dealing expertly with hecklers and riffing well with the room. If you’re looking for a pleasant way to spend an afternoon, perhaps with family members, this is an ideal show. Click Here

August 20, 2017  Fringe Guru
As Chris Martin welcomes us into the main room at the Pear Tree he points out, accurately, that this must be one of the nicest rooms at the Fringe. It’s spacious and modern, and adds to the overall feeling that The One And Only Chris Martin is a pleasant place to be at 2:45 in the afternoon. Martin was cheerful and friendly, and came onstage five minutes early to chat to the audience, gently nudging us all as close to the front row as possible. ‘I’m not here to make fun of you,’ he promised.

He kept his word, and didn’t make fun of any of us, despite a healthy amount of (voluntary) audience participation during the show. As a comedian, Martin gives off a vibe of being simply nice, chatting to individuals and making sure not to insult anyone. He makes a point of relating each of his stories to the audience, asking us if anyone knows what he means or has done something similar. It makes the set seem both more casual and more intimate.

Chris Martin, as he is quick to make clear, is not that Chris Martin. Not the one from Coldplay. This Chris Martin has a normal existence and a new marriage and no dog, all of which he proceeds to tell us about in an hour of highly relatable domestic observational comedy. The One And Only Chris Martin is both funny and well-structured, and focusses nicely on a few clear themes.

While his delivery could be a little clearer, Martin has a quietly confident stage presence. The even rhythm of the set and tame nature of his material makes the show very easy watching, but Martin avoids any risk of boredom with his own joyful energy and the audience’s constant laughter.

This is mid-afternoon comedy at its best. Nothing particularly deep, nothing life-changing, but an enjoyable hour of laughs at the hands of a talented and charismatic comedian. Click Here

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