Marlon Davis is rightly being heralded as an up-and-coming talent. His debut Edinburgh routine showcases glimpses of genius, with incisive words on playground etiquette, fatherhood and a hilarious characterisation of his parents. Davis is confident, smiley and self-assured, which gives him a great rapport with the audience from the outset. During the course of his set, however, he questions whether his material needs to be more high-brow for the Fringe. Whilst London slang and references to “mandem” can be perfectly funny, they are inaccessible to a large part of his Edinburgh audience. Given the type of universal observational comedy that he opens with, he maybe needs to think more about audiences outside of the M25.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-26 Aug (not 14), 7.15pm
tw rating 3/5 | [Nathaniel Meyers]