one4review | On 09, Aug 2023
Straight from Britain’s Got Talent where Simon Cowell responded so enthusiastically to Markus Birdman’s stand-up style, Fringe audiences cannot fail but to enjoy an hour in Markus’ company listening and laughing along with him about his recent unwanted experiences.
To get right to the point from the off, Markus tells his audience that he now has a chunk of Platinum in his heart thanks to the NHS, without which staying alive and thriving after two strokes plus the hole-in-the-heart operation could have turned out very differently.
But you’d never know about these dramatic events if he hadn’t spilled the beans, because this man is a survivor who is looking exceptionally good. And how pleased are we, his audience, to be having an extremely entertaining hour is his company once again.
It is a delight to be reminded that Markus has the skills and mindset to make anecdotes such as these about his recent experiences heart-warming to hear, crafted so beautifully and delivered superbly well. So there’s no need to feel maudlin, because his show is full of fun, with loads of great gags and fist pumps. Markus is on a roll, and the audience are so thrilled by him and for him; he is on great form.
Indeed Markus exemplifies what every fresh-faced stand-up would like to become – erudite, witty, charismatic and delightfully enjoyable.
Reviewed by HJ on 7 August 2023
The Liquid Room
18:45 (55 mins)Until 20 (not 15) August