Chris Martin: Responsibilliness

Chris Martin’s favourable brand of cynical yet amusing observations are back but this year they are served with an additional side of insightful musings. There is definitely a marked progression in Martin’s material from his last show - which is great to see.

Responsibiliness is another sharply written and consistently humorous offering from Chris Martin that is packed full of witty observations and hilarious anecdotes.

Responsibiliness is a contemplative look at the importance of noting and appreciating the silly moments we experience in life that give us joy. This came about as a result from Martin taking stock of his life and where he is at. These “fictional yardsticks for happiness” as he calls them are what became the inspiration for this show.

Receiving good star ratings at the festival can equate to happiness for comedians and on that note Martin decides to review the quality of his own work using what he thinks is an apt gauge: the McDonald’s employee star training scheme. Over the course of the show, the stories he tells are assessed against this system to clever, comedic effect.

I found this premise of embracing the silly in life quite refreshing coming from Martin; coupled with his usual wry and often sarcastic style, this made for a thoroughly enjoyable hour of comedy. He is an engaging and entertaining anecdotist, even managing to inject comedy and spark laughter in the most awkward and cringe-worthy situations.

Responsibiliness is another sharply written and consistently humorous offering from Chris Martin that is packed full of witty observations and hilarious anecdotes. His material is inherently personal yet universally appealing and his solid comedic instinct is what makes him a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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The Blurb

After a sell-out 2013 festival show, Chris Martin (Milton Jones tour support 2013, Guardian's Top 10 Comedy Podcasts) was described as a ‘20 something tall comedian’ (Online Review). It caused Chris to write a show about big issues such as hair, kissing and fishing. Chris uses his unique logic and observations to make an hour of silly entertainment. ‘Destined for great things’ (Express). ‘One of the UK's best young observationalists’ (Guardian). ‘Destined for greatness’ (Sunday Times).

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