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Venue:The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DD
Phone: 0131 667 7533
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Loft
AUG 1-25 at 19:15 (60 min)
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Adverts, books, CDs, work colleagues and self-help Gurus. They all have one thing in common. They all try to bully you into being happy. Glaswegian comedian Martha McBrier is taking a stand and refusing to be told how to be happy. Somebody needs to.

Fed up of being told to smile because it might never happen? Come and celebrate misery with other like mind people. Has your dog died? Has your partner left you? Don't smile because the office idiot told you to cheer up. Frown, it's already happened.

A show about a woman who found her love of Country and Western music, a genre of music where heartbreak and misery are celebrated.

Put on a country and western song. Have a cry and say NO to happiness bullies. But most of all, work out your own way of being happy and avoid throwing yourself off the Tallahatchie Bridge.

News and Reviews for this Show

August 22, 2019 i News
The 50 best jokes from Edinburgh Fringe 2019’s shows – and how to watch them live
I love Lorraine Kelly. I’m a big fan of her earlier work – the stuff she does before quarter to nine.
Martha McBrier, Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7.15pm Click Here

August 22, 2019
50 of the best jokes at the fringe and where to aee the shows
Joke about being a big fan of Lorraine Kelly Click Here

August 17, 2019  The Scotsman
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August 16, 2019 The Scotsman
50 of the best jokes at the fringe
I didn’t get involved in the incident outside the kebab shop. I thought ‘let the chips fall where they may’. Click Here

August 13, 2019 Edinburgh49
+3 Interview
An interview where I talk about laminating, Acupressure slippers and my desire to present a country music radio show.
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August 9, 2019 West End Wilma
MARTHA MCBRIER talks about bringing HAPPINESS BULLY to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Glaswegian cussing, crowd work extraordinaire MARTHA MCBRIER is the Queen of the Free Fringe. Her show at this year’s festival launches a campaign against the perennial HAPPINESS BULLY in her hard-hitting and hilarious show about suicide, country music and not smiling just because the office idiot told you to cheer up. Ahead of the show’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival run, she talks to West End Wilma.

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August 9, 2019 British Comedy Guide
Martha McBrier talks about country music and how suicide might be the last taboo Click Here

August 8, 2019  The Mumble
Martha McBrier is a mad little maverick mistress of mirth. I’ve never seen anything quite like her. The over-riding feeling I got while watching her in action was that of a one-woman Under Milkwood set somewhere in colloquial Glasgow. There were wee twists of audience participation, but most of the show was a one-way dramatic monologue of sorts, which is different from a comedian telling a joke, & its appreciation as an audience member depends very much on our performer’s abilities. Martha has the ability, that’s clear, she’s a bubbly & amenable soul, but what of her ‘drôle matériel’?

Her theme, & title, is an admonishment of the ‘Happiness Bully’, those ‘cheer-up’ pushers of positive emotions who you just want to punch in the face when you’d prefer to be stewing in your own moody juices. While flyering, her target demographic, she tells is, are ‘miserable lookin fuc£ers!’ So asking them to see the show is quite hypocritical really, but I’m just nit-picking there, sorry. She’s very much a mixed bag is Martha, one minute snappily observing Humanity with a wry smile & a cutting line, the next getting a bit lost in the absence of presence during the act of transplanting creativity into our minds. Her routine was, well, routine, but her lilting diction is a pleasure to hear, & the oral mini-documentary about her life is most entertaining. Click Here

August 7, 2019 Chortle
Emergency Questions - What is your favourite anagram?
My favourite anagram is I’m Eric Barthram which is an anagram of my name, Martha McBrier. This was the title of my Fringe show in 2011 which I performed as Eric Barthram, ie. a man. I had a beard and everything. This turned out to be an unintentionally seminal work, as in later years other female comics on the Fringe performed as men. This will always be my favourite anagram as like so many performers I am an egocentric fuck. Martha McBrier, Happiness Bully, Counting House, 19:15 Click Here

August 7, 2019 ITV.COM
The funny jobs Edinburgh Fringe Festival comedians did before getting into comedy
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August 4, 2019 West End Wilma
West End Wilma
Interview about 'Happiness Bully' Click Here

August 3, 2019 Chortle
Emergency Questions
If your house was on fire what three items would you definitely leave behind?

I would let everything burn. Maybe then my landlord might decorate. Click Here

July 27, 2019 Broadway World
Q & A
Me talking about talking about suicide in my show. Click Here

July 24, 2019 Female First
My Favourite Comedian
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