With Golden Jester, Max Turner and Edinburgh’s prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition finals under his belt, it’s easy to see why London comedian Mark Daniels was chosen to open Brighton Fringe over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend (1st-4th May).
The arts festival – running from the 1st to 31st of May – remains the largest in England, and can also claim to be one of the largest fringe festivals in the world, setting out to stimulate and entertain throughout our iconic city. Daniels’ show, Acute Britishness (“a serious syndrome” – diagnosed from the comedian himself), looks to be no exception.
We caught a sneak preview of Daniels at Komedia’s Comic Boom a fortnight ago, and we must say: we’re impressed. As hopeless over-apologisers ourselves, we instantly related to his material, and easily empathised with his self-deprecating, sarcastic wit. He’s approachable, not over-rehearsed, and his gags flow effortlessly – our favourite that night being about his name (we won’t spoil the surprise!)
For Acute Britishness, he promises to bring a whole lot more to the stage, questioning why us Brits refuse to complain about the country’s biggest problems: school textbooks, STD clinics, Craig David and Nigella Lawson. Adhering to the Fringe ethos, to educate, he is hilariously enlightening on what we could learn from the rest of the world.
Honestly, we even giggled at his press release. That he wrote himself.
Mark Daniels, Acute Britishness, will hit Hobgoblin over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. Shows are as follows: Friday 1 – 9.45pm, Saturday 2 – 11pm, Sunday 3 – 3.30pm, Monday 4 – 4.45pm and 7.15pm. Tickets are available at the Brighton Fringe website. £5 (£4 conc.).