Mae Martin is a British-Canadian writer and stand-up comedian. Her newest show Dope debuted at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017 to widespread critical acclaim, before Mae took the show to the Edinburgh Fringe where it was nominated for Best Show in the lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards. The Guardian described Dope as ‘very funny and unexpectedly moving – the tightest and most well-paced show at the festival’, The Times said Dope is ‘a beautifully controlled look at a lifetime of addictions’ and Evening Standard called it ‘her best set yet… you’ll be hooked from start to finish’.
Mae’s stand up special Mae Martin at The Soho Theatre Live aired on Comedy Central in August and is available to stream/download. Her second BBC Radio 4 series Mae Martin’s Guide to Addiction was broadcast in November 2017, following her BBC Audio Drama Award-nominated Mae Martin’s Guide to 21st Century Sexuality, which explored the millennial generation’s sexual revolution that is transforming how society perceives sex and gender.
Mae is also writing her first non-fiction book, Can Everyone Please Calm Down? a humourous guide to modern sexuality, which will be published via Wren & Rook, the non-fiction imprint of Hachette Children’s Group in Summer 2018. A sitcom is in development with Objective Fiction and Channel 4, co-written with Skins writer Joe Hampson...read more
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 as well as acting in some of the sketches she wrote for The Baroness Von Sketch Show all 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 Comedy Central’s Live at Soho Theatre, BBC3’s Live At the BBC and sitcom Uncle. It was Mae’s appearance as the stand-up guest on Russell Howard’s Good News 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).
2017 press about Mae:
“I didn’t want the hour to end” **** THE TIMES
“Her best show yet” **** THE GUARDIAN
“Her best set yet… you’ll be hooked from start to finish” EVENING STANDARD
“Martin’s on the edge of something big. We’re likely to be hearing a lot more from her in the future, and that is a very good thing”**** THE LIST
“An addictive and compelling show” **** THE SKINNY
“A formidable, charismatic performer..Her best set yet” BEYOND THE JOKE
**** The SCOTSMAN