Published in Downstairs at Belvoir Volume 2
Brianna is a stand-up comedian. This is her life: an unfortunate name, a boring childhood, slow self-realisation, a late coming-out. Drink. Standing in smelly rooms with strange men who all tell the same jokes. Vomiting on stage. Carrying on anyway. Is there a reason? Probably not - just a way of coping with your own mediocrity. Whose life is this anyway?
"Is This Thing On? draws on Coombs Marr's experience in and observations of the comedy scene. Is it funny? Yes it is, laugh-out-loud funny (when it's not being deliberately unfunny, that is) but there's more to it than that."
"It goes without saying that thereâ€™s a fine, fine line between comedy and tragedy â€” between triumph and disaster â€” and itâ€™s a tightrope that comedians walk night after night. In Zoe Coombs Marrâ€™s Is This Thing On? we follow the life and career of Brianna, a stand-up comedian, through five different nights on the same stage, as sheâ€™s played by five different women."
Interview with Zoe Coombs Marr about her new play, Is This Thing On?
"One writer, two directors, five actresses â€“ Zoe and Kit wrangle a life in stand-up onto the downstairs stage at Belvoir."