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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Scott Gibson: Life After Death – Komedia Studio

Reviewer: Simon Topping

Scott Gibson schleps on to the stage. He is a big, bearded, bear of a man, from Glasgow. Friendly and foulmouthed, Gibson quickly endears himself to the crowd. On his first trip to Brighton, he is surprised at the politeness of our homeless people and how anyone can afford to live here anyway.

Winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2016, Gibson has a cautionary story to tell. On returning from a stag weekend in Blackpool, he suffers what he now knows to be a massive brain haemorrhage and, rather than rushing to hospital, goes back to bed. Four days later, most of that spent asleep, he realises his mistake.

Gibson’s set is peppered with gloriously bad language and shrewd observations of the differences between good and bad hotels, the inner workings of the NHS, hospital etiquette and the relationship between medical staff and patients.

Very funny and touching, in places, this is a true tale of life and death, squashed moths and exotic dancers, told by a likeable and engaging storyteller.

The audience sees through Gibson’s gruff persona and intermittent bursts of outrage. We recognise him for what he really is; a warm and sweet man with a gentle, comedic soul.

Runs 13,14 May 2017 at The Komedia Studio | Image: Contributed  |  @brightonfringe

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