Scott Gibson: White Noise
- Brian Donaldson
- 28 August 2019
Jet-black hour about mental health with a show that can never resolve itself
Winner of the Best Newcomer Award in 2016, Scott Gibson's latest Fringe affair is as dark as confessional comedy can possibly get. The Glaswegian holds very little back when he discusses his own suicidal tendencies in frank and graphic detail. Unlike most comedy shows, Gibson states, this one hasn't got an ending because his ongoing fragile mental health and self-destructive thoughts have no closure, no punchline to uncork the tension. Amid the bleakness, he does still come up with amusing reasons why he could never hang himself, or try to end it all through self-immolation.
Gibson is a good storyteller who can also work a crowd (though on this occasion, his slightly Basil Fawlty-esque attitude towards a Spaniard in the front row felt a little unnecessary) while the over-riding message coming through White Noise is that everyone is struggling in their own way, and that people are constantly seeking to grasp a little bit of joy. In Gibson's case, this manifests itself in an extended routine about the bus driver who let him relive his carefree childhood for just a moment. It's a tender section that alleviates the despair which much of this hour lays on its audience.
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