Scottish Comedian of the Year 2011 - Jamie Dalgleish
Lacklustre Fringe debut hopefully hides real talents
This article is from 2012.
The current Scottish Comedian of the Year has a wide-eyed enthusiasm for his work that has to be admired, but judging by this short appearance (it’s not really a ‘show’ as such), Jamie Dalgleish clearly has quite a way to go before emulating the professionalism and ingenuity of past winners such as Mark Nelson and Scott Agnew.
After a spirited warm-up slot by Susie McCabe, the Glasgow East Ender nervously arrives with some humdrum chatter about the seemingly inherent craziness of Scottish life which is topped off with a reconstruction of a non-incident from his schooldays as performed by two unwilling audience members. That the biggest laugh comes from the fact that one of the participants is incredibly posh and very English is both tragic and depressing.
It could be that he was put off by some very chatty latecomers with whom he exchanged rather awkward banter, but we’ll give Dalgleish the benefit of the doubt that he might be able to come up with weightier stand-up during the remainder of his tenure and in the years to come.
The Caves, 556 5375, until 26 Aug, 10.40pm, £7--£9.