Scott Agnew proves himself as storyteller with eye for absurd (3 stars)

Devilish entertainer with broad appeal

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This article is from 2010.

Scott Agnew proves himself as storyteller with eye for absurd

Powerhouse Scott Agnew returns to the Fringe with this seamlessly laidback and funny narrative about the lengths he – and by extension, we – have gone to for love. This popular ‘anti-queen Glasgow poof’ isn’t squeamish when it comes to dissecting odd scenarios he’s encountered while on the hunt, including a cast of overweight fag hag third wheels, tramps and Glasgow-Cantonese parlaying neds, with particularly astute insight into the dexterity of swearing in his home town.

Agnew’s particular skill lies in bringing a boozed-up and unsuspecting audience along for the ride; his schtick has broad appeal, with one eye on the tabloid-reading fraternity with cheap gags about Paul Gascoigne and Raoul Moat, the other evoking empathy among anyone who’s ever done something foolish for love. He manages to combine an ex-journalist’s nose for a story and the fabled Glasgow banter to powerful effect, spinning a tale and dragging it out. Relaxed and adaptable, this show confirms Scott Agnew as a consummately entertaining storyteller with a devilish eye for the absurd detail.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 30 Aug (not 16), 11.15pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

This article is from 2010.

Scott Agnew: Pride (In The Name of Love)

  • 3 stars

Critically acclaimed Glasgow stand-up explores what he and others have done for love and whether they should be proud of it. Winner of the Scottish Comedian of the Year 2008. 'Shares Billy Connolly's ability to spin an anecodote and draw out it's humour' ( Note: strong language Ages: 18+


1. Gordyedimburger16 Aug 2010, 6:05pm Report

About as far removed from Billy Connolly's ability as humanly possible.This guy was nervous, shaking and stammering through his "performance". Cheap Madelaine McCann jokes thrown in for "shock factor" and long drawn out intimate descriptions of his homosexual encounters topped by the 18 hour "religous" encounter he experienced whilst on Heroin. Not funny. The very small Audience on Saturday night responded with polite aplause initially but were shocked and utterly bored into silence for much of his performance. I am disgusted with myself that I did'nt walk out like many others did. Funny? You must be joking!!

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