Mark Maier shmoozes about all things Jewish in his sell-out com­edy show

The Jewish Chronicle - - People - The 9 O Clock Sch­mooze is on Oc­to­ber 7 at 8.30pm. Box of­fice: 020 7388 8822

HEARD THE one about the Jewish stand up whose show did so well it trans­ferred to the West End?

Mark Maier, who has writ­ten and fea­tured in sev­eral Ra­dio 4 sit­coms, will be per­form­ing his ob­ser­va­tion­ally Jewish show, The 9 O’Clock

Sch­mooze, at the Blooms­bury. The per­for­mance, with sup­port from Wales-based co­me­dian Ben­nett Ar­ron, is on Wed­nes­day and “any neu­roses, man­ner­isms or un­usual char­ac­ter traits you see are en­tirely de­lib­er­ate”, says Mr Maier, 46. He tells

Peo­ple: “I have been work­ing on the com­edy cir­cuit for a num­ber of years but never re­ally delved into Jewish stuff. I de­cided to put on a show that fo­cuses on Jewish life.

“I grew up in New­cas­tle and had quite a Jewish up­bring­ing. I went to syn­a­gogue and Cheder and so I started pick­ing up some Jewish bits and pieces en route.”

His show, which sold out at the New End The­atre in Hamp­stead, north Lon­don, makes fun of Jewish be­hav­iour. He says there are jokes about the var­i­ous ob­ses­sions Jews have, such as in­ter­fer­ing with ev­ery as­pect of their chil­dren’s life. “It’s a slice of life. And I have found that it doesn’t mat­ter where you are in the UK, th­ese traits are uni­ver­sal.” His one-man show

Ob­jects trans­ferred to Ra­dio 4, re­ceiv­ing high crit­i­cal ac­claim.

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