Gareth Waugh: Oh Boy . . . ! (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Gareth Waugh: Oh Boy . . . !

Uplifting hour of comedy about ambitions

Morbid or organised? Decide for yourself, but when Gareth Waugh was 14 he wrote himself a bucket list of all the things he wanted to do in his life. They ranged wildly from the philanthropic 'giving blood' to the hedonistic 'drink on all seven continents'. The list of course provides a sneaky structure for Waugh's largely unrelated autobiographical anecdotes: a nifty move for creating a theme for an Edinburgh show.

And what stories he has to tell, such as having to kill his own dinner in Vietnam, setting off the sprinklers in a hostel in Oz with a mad man, and the frankly very weird games he played with his granny and her duvet. Waugh's warm company manages the range of his stories well, from ill-advised youthful exploits to heart-warming friendships and relationships, with the gags coming easy and slick.

It's also particularly impressive that he's willing to share some of his wet-behind-the-ears teen endeavours such as some pretty toe-curling love song lyrics he once penned. The show's ending is pretty obviously signposted but it's a fitting and joyous finale to this uplifting hour of apparently effortless, hugely personable comedy.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug, 3pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Gareth Waugh: Oh Boy…!

  • 3 stars

The Scottish comedian returns with the sequel to 2017's smash-hit about honesty.