Scott Gibson: Life After Death (4 stars)

Valuable lessons and sweary humour from a rising Scottish star

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This article is from 2016.

Scott Gibson: Life After Death

credit: Jo Donaldson

A big, gallus Glaswegian, Scott Gibson demonstrates why 'men's first aid' can need a wee bit of back-up from the NHS where sudden headaches are concerned, especially ones that make you go blind. From his description of a proper stag do in Blackpool and the greatest hotel ever created for heavy drinkers, through some inappropriately performed shaving to a disastrous shower with nurses, he delivers constant big and hard laughs.

He's unapologetically sweary, but no more than most blokes down the pub, which is what he resembles: a born raconteur who can hold your attention for an hour without flagging. Gibson knows his material so well that even a phone ringing in the front row was quickly worked into the routine without malice. He has a swaggering confidence that's not overbearing, but suggests he's now exactly where he wants to be (although he does deserve a much bigger venue).

Life After Death is definitely not for the squeamish, with one moment in particular (involving a matron and a pillow) that is swift yet chillingly clinical and grotesque. And there's a valuable lesson about always asking the right questions when a consultant visits your bed.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 29 Aug, 2.45pm, £9–£10.

Scott Gibson: Life After Death

  • 4 stars

Life After Death tells the story of a stag weekend that resulted in a brain haemorrhage. The show won Gibson the coveted 'Best Newcomer' award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016.

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