Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
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Snorri Hergill Kristjansson
Special guest who cannot be named
Stephen K Amos
Steve N Allen
Former journalist Scott Agnew was named Scottish Comedian of 2008, after first making the finals the previous year.
A regular compere, he has performed solo shows in Glasgow festivals in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Aside from his own stand-up, Agnew sometimes performs a Chic Murray tribute act.
Scott Agnew: Fringe 2012
Proceedings opened with an audience sexuality survey, straight or gay – bisexuals be damned – as Scott Agnew explained that he gets a better reaction the bigger the ratio of homosexuals That’s daring honesty to admit to a very mixed crowd.
Honest is a theme of the hour, though as Agnew reveals his experiences in the murky underworld of the gay sauna. At least that's how it's pitched, but this master storyteller takes the edge off, making this more a poignant look at a mysterious subculture than a pervert being shown behind the curtain.
There's crass jokes and boundary-pushing material, but they're delivered in such context they feel more self-satire than unnecessary crudeness. This maybe be filthy but it's not shock-jockery and a lot of the gags have broad appeal.
Most of the show is composed of related anecdotes, though Agnew does briefly delve into his own past without turning it into an ex-boyfriend tell-all. The gags will pass muster with most audiences, but full appreciation of the edgier lines might be limited to the 20-30s gay urban demographic.
Agnew takes the audience with him every step of the way, gaining huge laughs and applause along the way often with as little as a turn of phrase. The jokes fit like a glove and never feel forced, and Agnew evokes some of the best comic imagery around. A lot of circuit gay material focuses on easy stereotypes but that pitfall was dodged with gymnastic precision. It's insight abound, commenting on real gay issues and feelings while humanising the darker aspects.
No show can be all things to all men and despite being surprisingly accessible considering the subject matter, this show will work best with a gay crowd. Compromises are made with material rather than sacrificing parts of the audience, but an hour set can't hope to explain the back story to every aspect of a lifestyle.
Nonetheless, for a young out-and-proud gay man this is a wet dream come true and truly umissable.
|Date of live review: Thursday 16th Aug, '12|
Review by Alex Mason
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Mr. Scott Agnew at Eden Court Theatre Inverness,he was MC for the evening, completely at ease with his audience from the start. Good banter back and forth with them. Inverness crowd thoroughly enjoyed his style of comedy, and above all, he made the punters laugh. Which is the main criteria. A true comedian. Star act of that night.
Saw Scott at Jongleurs, absolutely brilliant. He came out with two of the best gags I've ever heard live. Dunno if the missus would appreciate him tho, fairly edgy stuff. But one of the best, most energetic and full-on comics I've seen for ages. Powerful stuff.
Scott was a good funny pally camp compere at a Glasgow comedy fest gig. The first act got booed-off he was so horrible, but Scott bounded back on stage and quickly re-built a happy atmosphere. Good. Worth seeing.
Scott Agnew: Scottish Comedian Of The Year 2008
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Scott Agnew: Pride (In The Name of Love)
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Scott Agnew's Scottish Breakfast Chat Show
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Scott Agnew: Tales Of The Sauna
Edinburgh Fringe 2013
Scott Agnew: Something's Gotta Give
Misc live shows
Scottish Comedian Of The Year Final 2007
Scottish Comedian Of The Year Final 2008
Stand Up Drink Up