Scott Capurro: The Trouble With Scott Capurro (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

The Trouble With Scott Capurro

credit: Steve Best

The safe and the sacred head straight out the window

Opening with a series of quick-fire jokes about the boys who were trapped in the cave in Thailand, Scott Capurro quickly establishes for anyone in the room who wasn't aware (and there were a few), that he's a shock comic. No one is safe and nothing sacred in this hour that doesn't so much toe the line of bad taste as march straight across it.

Capurro married his Brazilian husband a few years ago, in both the US and the UK, and the loose thread of the show is that straight people ruined marriage. Relationships are the subject of much of his trademark front-row patter, which ranges from catty to cut-throat as he outs a couple's absent son, asks people if they enjoy a bit of pee during sex and interrogates the fidelity of a man sat beside his boyfriend.

The audience chats feel fresh and many of his later anecdotes are bolstered by the inclusion of jokes he made at their expense, with the cheating boyfriend and outed son popping up in gay clubs like a supporting cast. However, a lot of the set material feels tired: in 2018 he's still making jokes about Madeleine McCann and the death of Princess Diana. It's still a shock show but not a particularly current one.

Heroes @ Boteco, until 26 Aug (not 14, 21), 9.20pm, £7 (£6) in advance or donations at the venue.

Scott Capurro: The Trouble With Scott Capurro

  • 3 stars

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