Mental illness and diarrhoea are not obvious topics for a show called ‘Happypotamus’, but Seymour Mace takes these difficult subjects and makes us laugh. Charting Mace’s struggles with depression, ‘Happypotamous’ covers some dark ground, but it is in these pitch-black moments that the show is at its funniest. Mace’s fight with the kitchen bin and the expression of his desire not to become one of the “local characters” are razor-sharp comic moments. However, when Mace is “being silly”, the set loses focus and pace, with sections of wacky drawings and humorous poems feeling like weak padding. On topic, Mace is darkly funny, but when he tries to be zany, he falls short of the mark, resulting in a distinctly mixed set.
The Stand Comedy Club II, 3 – 28 Aug (not 4, 15), times vary, £6.00 – £7.00, fpp149.
tw rating 3/5