Scott Gibson: Anywhere But Here (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Scott Gibson: Anywhere But Here

Steve Ullathorne

Preaching the importance of storytelling in patchy hour

Scott Gibson is a top-class raconteur, delivering his anecdotes with verve and flexibility. Anywhere But Here plays to his strengths as a stand-up, a loosely connected hour of storytelling that hits some lofty heights but falls short of greatness. The best bits revolve around Gibson's discussion of pensioners, and the way he thoughtfully discusses the passing of a grandparent. He loves the way old people don't scrimp on detail when telling their tales and finds their fascination with gadgets – from iPads to electric potato peelers – a source of amusement. He juxtaposes their tangible life goals of his family's pensioners with his own 'unobtainable dream': the continued pursuit of stand-up comedy.

A lot of this hour doesn't do Gibson's affinity for storytelling justice though; specifically material about a lads holiday to Kavos which is funny in patches but feels tired. Better is the description of lost weekends in Amsterdam. Given a surreal twist, it's takes him into stranger, unfamiliar territory, and is consequently much more enjoyable. Gibson says there's no message to this show, but ends things earnestly with something to take home: forget your material possessions, life is about memories and sharing them. A bit more creativity and he'll be entertaining us in that manner for years to come.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Apr, 3.45pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Scott Gibson: Anywhere but Here

  • 3 stars

Stand-up about the choppy waters out youth and the escapism of travel.