Scott Agnew (3 stars)

This article is from 2009

Scott Agnew

Award-winning stand-up with a debut which just about delivers

Marching on stage with the Scottish Comedian of the Year tag dangling round his neck, Scott Agnew may have felt the pressure but being a seasoned hack at this comedy game by now, he was determined not to show it. More a contractual obligation than a chosen title (given the material, Ganglands and Gangbangs might have worked better), the SCotY is glossed over fairly swiftly on his way to the main theme for his full Fringe debut, his sexual awakening and close shaves with the seamier segments of Glasgow society.

Mind you, most things in Agnew’s world are done at a pace; he offers a tiny apology to those of a non-Scottish persuasion who find it hard to follow him, but life is short up here and he has loads of words to pack in. And what he delivers is a fine set of true stories which never wane in intrigue and emotion even if they’re not always raising the roof with laughter. A hulk of a guy with gargantuan talent to burn, Agnew’s time will come when he settles back into being a plain old Scottish comedian.

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Scott Agnew: Scottish Comedian of the Year 2008

  • 3 stars

'Head, shoulders, knees and toes above the rest' (Scotsman). 'Bold, brash, barnstorming performance... hilariously graphic... powerhouse set' ( 'Killer gags' (Evening Times). Glasgow Comedy Festival sell-out past four years.