Rating:

There’s no finer time to flush out the squeamish puritans than opening Fringe weekend. So, let’s get straight to it: Scott Agnew is a delightfully charismatic, droll and naturally honest comedian. Honest being the crux here. Agnew’s show isn’t shocking humour for the sake, though not all audience members may realise this. Instead, the vulgarity is the same as telling your friends a story they may not have asked for, but they’re bloody hearing it anyway.

The real charm to Agnews set is how intimate the show feels, a nearly full house with a 6ft 5in behemoth crammed into the Gilded Turret really creates an atmosphere. This act wouldn’t translate well to a vast venue, or if it did it would certainly lose a lot of its connection with the crowd. The jokes slide into a shadowy area of ‘crudeness’ and need a cosy closeness to be sold.

HIV. Religion. Crystal Meth. Furries (if you must ask, google it). Sounds like a laugh riot, doesn’t it? Well, Agnew manages to make it so whilst still lacing through an informative honesty and questions surrounding bravery and his own personal growth.

The titular joke though needs sharpening up. Maybe it was tonight’s audience but the crescendo punchline felt choked at the end.  With this method of humour involved, if you’re going to push a boundary, push it and sell the joke. Be damned the prudish because Scott Agnew is a perfect three-drink Friday Fringe Frolic.

Words: Dominic Corr

Scott Agnew: Spunk on Our Lady’s Face, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Aug 4-28 (not 15), 10:15pm

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