"When it comes to working a room, McBrier is one of the best in the business. I can"t envisage any crowd she"d have any trouble with, from a rowdy comedy club to a bored TV studio audience. Whatever"s thrown at her, she rolls with the punches and incorporates it in her effortless banter." (Steve Bennett, Chortle Aug 2007)
"Some comics learn a craft; others are exploiting a gift...McBrier is a formidable stand-up worthy of attention." (Mickey Noonan, Metro Aug 2007)
In 2006, following the success of her debut edinburgh Show, "Mary Jane", Martha McBrier wrote and performed in Sex Kitten/Corpse, a one hour stand up comedy show about the ageing process which was, "A hoot from beginning to end. *****" (Scotsgay Magazine). The infamous Kate Copstick from the Scotsman newspaper also gave this show a 5 star review and returned on the last night to watch the show as an audience member rather than as a critic. Martha showed her unique ability to banter and improvise with the audience, sometimes for the entire hour and no two shows were the same.
In 2007, Martha performed at the Underbelly in Edinburgh and received more glowing reviews for her latest show, "So you Think you"re a good heckler" in which audiences were invited to contribute their ideas and opinions. With just 6 jokes, she improvised the rest of the hour.
Martha won a Comedy Competition at the May Fest in Glasgow after only four gigs. This led to television appearances on, "Stand Up" (Granada Television) and "First Exposure" (LWT), as well as work as a support act for Eddie Izzard, Jerry Sadowitz and Mark Lamarr. She then gave up performing for over 10 years.
Martha is a qualified Hypnotherapist, was a counsellor for several years and also worked in anger management. She has 40 hours of flying time in light aircraft and did a parachute jump, but landed 30 miles away from the landing area in the grounds of Strathallen Castle.
Martha has made 9 short films, 2 of which have won awards. She performed as Mae West in her debut Edinburgh show and is now in demand on the UK Comedy circuit as an act and compere. She is planning to return to the Edinburgh Festival in 2008 with another full length show.
"McBrier"s comedy is not so much a talent as a true gift." (Kate Copstick, The Scotsman)
"This woman knows how to charm an audience..." (Three Weeks Magazine)
"Kittenish coquetry and bare knuckled coarseness, batting her eyelashes as she sticks in the stilletto." (Scotland on Sunday)