Bobby Mair is from Canada (what is this with so many great comics coming from Canada?) and seems to me like a complete maniac in the most brilliant and charming way possible. This quote from Jimmy Carr sums him up perfectly:
“He’s either going to be a huge international comedy star or the funniest homeless man ever.”
I think Bobby is very brave which is so important if you want to be an influential comic. His act, his whole persona, is very different to other comics I know but there are hints of Paul Foot but then also more of your ‘common’ comedian. It’s a really interesting mix. His material isn’t too far-fetched from what a regular comedy audience may be expecting but his delivery is quirky and fast-paced which makes him slightly, almost uncomfortably different which is brilliant. For example, in his short set for Russell Howard’s Good News in 2013 he mixes topical almost-one-liners about Justin Bieber with a dissection of why cats are suicidal.
Sometimes his material seems to border on one-liners which is great because it makes him really easy to listen to, the laughs are quick and punchy and it just adds interest. For example, he started one segment of a set with:
“The worst thing about having a cold is that when you smell women’s hair on the bus, they can hear you.”
And then went on to expand on it. I think this is cool as he shocks with one statement then backtracks and adds detail, almost like the reverse of a joke.
He is relatively young, having only been in the UK for a couple of years and being just 27 (I think). Bobby was adopted and has recently embarked on a campaign to find his biological family. His 2013 Edinburgh show: Obviously Adopted also covers this and I want to wish him the best of luck with that! His Twitter is here, if you’re interested and I recommend you check some of his stuff out as it is truly unique and very heart-warming!