Gareth Waugh: Just Me...?!
- Claire Sawers
- 11 August 2019
A perplexing hour from a much-vaunted local comic
Despite the hype, it's not immediately obvious what the fuss is about with this Edinburgh comedian who's toured with Daniel Sloss and sold out both his 2017 debut Fringe show Honestly? as well as last year's Oh Boy … ! Waugh does admit a few minutes in that's he finds it harder to write these days; not great news for the crowd who's dropped in for an hour with him.
It often feels like he's padding out a lot of stories or repeating the same observations; his fear of 'ghosties' pops up several times and he returns to the fact that he's definitely not gay or homophobic on a handful of occasions too. Waugh mentions that he spends a lot of time alone at home, imagining cartoon-violent attacks while he's bored in the shower or noticing how strange a t-shirt is. 'Your body goes in one hole and comes out three,' he shrugs, looking perplexed.
Maybe it's material aimed at a younger, student-age audience, but he's not managing to get many laughs out of this afternoon's crowd, and his revelation that men get erections on bumpy buses doesn't result in the shock response he seems to expect. His clever word-play and rhyming lines (a throwback to wanting to be a teen rapper) seem to work much better.
Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug, 2.45pm, £10–£12.50 (£9–£10).