Who Are The Jocks? (3 stars)

This article is from 2011

Who Are The Jocks?

A multi-faceted tale of love and loss

Having cultivated a persona for being a tough-hearted, callous shock-comic, it was something of a surprise to learn that Scott Capurro was turning to the death of his mother as the basis for his latest Fringe show. Dubbing her his ‘best friend and coke dealer’, he flits in and out of his grief and the atypical message she left behind for him, weaving in tales of a horrendous recent gig in Cardiff and the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. The words of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, as they prepared to open fire on their peers, gives the show its title, Capurro happily clearing up that it has nothing to do with a quest for Scotsmen.

There’s not a glaringly obvious link between these threads, other than possibly being an ode to ‘the outsider’ and they mainly act as a springboard onto the kind of unapologetically dark material that has been the San Fran stand-up’s trademark for over two decades. Anyone who feared the comic had withdrawn his talons will be blissfully relieved with a rapid opening ten minutes which crams in abortion, AIDS, Madeleine McCann and the Holocaust. That Capurro is now showing us his sensitive side can only add to his appeal.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 29 Aug (not 16), 8pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8–£9).

Who Are the Jocks?

  • 3 stars

Following the death of his mother, Scott Capurro waddles through the piercing loss of his best friend and coke dealer. She's in a jar and he's in Cardiff, trying to survive a menacing audience while handling his own grief. ‘Like watching someone trying to commit suicide by lynching’ ★★★★ (Guardian), ‘Rude and waggish…

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