Mark Nelson: Under The Radar
Glaswegian comic Mark Nelson begins with the almost-compulsory-by-now criticism of his venue, the Underbelly White Belly. These aggressive outbursts punctuate a confident, laid back, laconic style normally associated with a comedian confident in his material and at the top of his game. Nelson isn’t afraid to take his time to discuss the ins and outs of a situation, make some connections with an audience and discuss their own opinions on topics before delivering solid routines that set out his own stall in no uncertain terms.
He’s very good at what he does. This year’s hour is chiefly about his own life and domestic situation, dealing with such topics as his recent marriage, his unmanagable debt level and physical appearance. All of these are easy subjects for the audience to get on board with, and very much aimed towards the everyman. His delivery is excellent, and he moves from routine to routine with professional ease.
All of which makes it slightly disappointing that he doesn’t take more risks. Nelson can be ferocious with a punchline, and these would be more lethal and effective if he ventured outside his comfort zone more often. This is a safe set, albeit superbly delivered.