Mae Martin is a British-Canadian writer and stand-up comedian who most recently won a Canadian Screen Award for her writing on Canada’s CBC hit all-female comedy series Baroness Von Sketch Show. Mae debuted her new stand-up show Dope at the 2017 Melbourne and Sydney comedy festivals. The show will then transfer to the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond for her first UK tour in 2017.
Mae’s BBC Radio 4 series Mae Martin’s Guide to 21st Century Sexuality was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award and has been re-commissioned for a second series. The first series explored the millennial generation’s sexual revolution which is transforming how society perceives sex and gender. The program was loosely based on Mae’s stand-up show Us which debuted at the 2015 Edinburgh fringe and was her most critically acclaimed yet, gaining glowing national press coverage in The Guardian, The Times, Glamour Magazine and The Daily Mirror. The show had packed out audiences every night during the run and extra late-night shows were added to meet demand. The show extended to London’s Soho Theatre and The Invisible Dot and was named Critic’s Choice in Time Out London. A sitcom script based on the show is also in development with Objective Productions and Channel 4, co-written with Skins writer Joe Hampson.
Mae regularly hosts her own stand-up nights in venues across London, most notably Mae Martin and Friends at Soho Theatre with line-ups including Aisling Bea, Sara Pascoe and James Acaster. Mae has previously supported Nina Conti on her UK tour and her first comedy album Mae Martin: Live is available on iTunes.
As a previous contract writer for BBC Radio 4, Mae has also written for Newsjack, News Quiz and The Now Show as well as Endemol and Beyond’s YouTube sketch series Sketch My Life.
Performing comedy since she was aged 13, Mae trained in improvisation and sketch comedy for four years at the Toronto outpost of the internationally acclaimed comedy institution, The Second City. Notable alumni include Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carrell and Mike Myers. She received her first Canadian Comedy Award nomination at 15, and has been nominated twice since. At 16 she made her Canadian television debut on The Comedy Network’s Cream of Comedy, and was the youngest ever nominee for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. On Canadian Television Mae has also performed as part of Just For Laughs Festival and The Halifax Comedy Festival both for CBC, and on Video On Trial (Much Music). She has also been a guest on CBC Radio’s Q.
Since moving to the UK in 2011, Mae has established a fervent young following and was awarded Best international Performer at the Brighton Fringe and has been a finalist in The Hackney New Act of the Year Awards, The Musical Comedy Awards and the Amused Moose Laughter Awards. On UK television, Mae has performed on the BBC3’s showcase for new comedy talent Live At the BBC and had her first sitcom roles in Nick Helm’s Uncle (BBC3) and Outsiders, a comedy blap for Channel 4. It was Mae’s appearance as the stand-up guest on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) that first catapulted her into the consciousness of the UK’s online teen community. The clip gathered thousands of views on YouTube, and Mae has emerged as a bright new role model for nervous teens everywhere, gaining a vast and engaged social media following (40,000 followers across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram).
In Mae we now have comedy’s most naturally charismatic young storyteller. She finds her punch lines in thoroughly unlikely places – combining wickedly astute social observation with nostalgic references to her pseudo-anguished past.
2016 press about Mae:
“Infectious laughs…deftly delivered” **** EVENING STANDARD
“Martin has been turning out impressive work on the circuit for a while without quite getting the attention she deserves. Now’s the time for her to come out of the shadows.” **** METRO
“Quietly radical… the Canadian stand-up’s show expertly splices comedy, opinion and enlightenment” THE GUARDIAN
“The Canadian comedian is a brilliant mix of clever, neurotic and goofy…Mae Martin: Us, on gender fluidity is insightful and really, really funny.” GLAMOUR
2015 press about Mae:
“An intelligent bag of cartoonish energy, Mae Martin might just change the way you think about LGBT comedy, or as she would call it, comedy… Mae Martin has a bright future in comedy and proves labels mean nothing when somebody is universally funny” ***** THE DAILY MIRROR
“This ever-delightful Canadian comic’s latest offering is her best show yet…It’s a show with a strong message and plenty of laughs – behind her sweetness, Martin’s quickly developing into a gutsy stand-up” CRITICS’ CHOICE, TIME OUT
“This feels like a comedic coming of age for Martin… she has mass appeal, is interesting, hugely likeable, and is above all else is very funny” ****.5 CHORTLE
“Martin’s gentle charm makes it all highly watchable, while her wider thoughtfulness nudges ‘Us’ into something rather important, too” **** THE TIMES
“Astute, provocative, and genuinely funny” ***** EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAGAZINES
“It’s hard not to fall for her dorky attitude towards liberality and identity” **** BROADWAY BABY
“Hidden within her jokes is an incredibly raw honesty about sexuality and strange childhood memories”
NO 1. FAVOURITE COMEDIAN AT THE FRINGE, GLAMOUR MAGAZINE