Gareth Waugh: Honestly?
- Brian Donaldson
- 25 August 2017
A show about truth, lies and lap dancing
He might be struggling with a bad cold, but local lad Gareth Waugh still manages to pull a fine show out of the bag for his full Fringe debut. Beginning with a screened conversation in which he sits strapped to a lie detector, chatting about his cynical methods for getting attention at the festival, he then tentatively comes on stage to let us know the definitive structure of the show. He has two microphones, one of which he'll spend telling the whole truth into, while the other will receive nothing but fibs, lies and fabrications.
It's a neat concept and very quickly it becomes apparent that the line between truth and fiction is often quite narrow given how plausible everything that he's joking about is. There are stories about embarrassing behaviour in a lap club, inadvisably taking ketamine at an outdoor festival, and buying booze for underage kids.
As well as providing plenty laughs, Gareth Waugh has us pondering over the very nature of truth, something which can be manipulated in some areas of life (comedy), but shouldn't be in others (being a president). This one man and two mics show is an early afternoon treat.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 28 Aug, 1.30pm, £8–£9 (£7–£8).