Scott Gibson: Like Father Like Son (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Scott Gibson: Like Father Like Son

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Following up an Edinburgh Comedy Award win with a sad family tale

Scott Gibson's show from 2016 about his brain aneurysm garnered him the Best Newcomer award. This year he turns his attention to his dad. Some people's relationships with their fathers aren't straightforward and Gibson's is a classic case. As the comic and his partner consider having children, he's worried about turning out like his father who left when Gibson was five. He remained absent for many of those intervening years but when he returns, the comic has to deal with him, and isn't slow in telling us his feelings about all that.

Much of the opening section features Gibson the shouty Glaswegian, venting his incredulous anger at vegans and anyone born after 1984 (not entirely coincidentally the year in which he was born). The material about his weight gets a touch pedestrian in sections but he soon drops his red-faced tirade to display the softer, quieter storytelling Gibson as he relates his familial tale.

Comedically the best lines here are ostensibly the ones that cut closest to the bone but overall it's an interesting exploration of a difficult and contradictory relationship.

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