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Venue:Espionage, 4 India Buildings (Entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate) Edinburgh EH1 2EX
Phone: 0131 4777 007
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Kasbar
AUG 4-20, 22-27 at 18:30 (60 min)
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A brand new stand up hour from John Scott, now returning to Edinburgh for his tenth run. This is a semi biographical show about mental health combined with topical satire. Obviously there must be a connection between the two. In his mid-20s John was misdiagnosed with Schizophrenia. Five years later that was changed to the much trendier Bi-polar disorder. Come find out what it was like for him to live through that. Despite the seriousness of such stuff, now that he has hindsight, he feels this makes him a rather interesting chap. Looking at the World as it is now, is I'm sure enough to drive the best of us crazy.


Given that we’ve had indyref, a general election and Jeremy Corbyn since the last Edinburgh Fringe, you might expect there to be more self-confessed “political” comedians around this year. Oh, a lot of acts will dip a toe in “UKIP are nasty” shallows, but it takes someone like John Scott to dive in head-first and punch every hideous sea creature he meets right between the eyes. Before you know it, he’s chewed up and spat out austerity, Margaret Thatcher, the paedophile scandal, benefit fraud, racism, class, homophobia, Mhairi Black and a sneezing attack on a bus (ok, the last one isn’t strictly political, but it is a great anecdote, so worth a mention). He reserves a special venom for Tony Blair and the invasion of Iraq but somehow, filtered through his comedy-club delivery, it doesn’t feel like a soapbox diatribe or a trendy-leftie ticking off: this is political comedy built from the grassroots up, an informed opinion column with a spiky sense of humour.


Almost all of his material is intelligent and considered, a mix of thoughtful and incisive political satire, personal anecdotes and general observations. And it’s all delivered in a marvellous Scottish accent (some things are just funnier in a Scottish accent).

Confidently told hilarious tales of class-based woe. Nothing missed the mark in a superb set where every story was expertly crafted before being subverted with a killer punch line. After practicing comedy for five arduous years, expect to see his name somewhere big very soon.

John Scott is an excellent comic and this is without doubt the first step on the road to a long and successful career in comedy."

“Among the top 5 comedians emerging from Scotland.”

“Always plays a blinder, never hits a dry patch. People were literally in tears of laughter.”

100% BIKER

"We were then treated to John Scott, who is quite possibly one of the funniest Scotsmen alive today." - Whiskey Bob, 100% Biker

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