On stage Nev seems to be a one-man deadpan satire on the conventions of the typical misanthropic Scottish comedian. Normally the charismatic frontman of Scotland’s exceptional alternative comedy night Chunks, Nev is displaying with Guts a different side to his talents.
It’s painfully low-energy and at points quite grim, but always with an undercurrent of self-aware complexity. It’s safe to say that not every part of the act hits; lots of the politics can be played too straight, without enough nuance and invention. In fact, the more extreme or tough the show, and its subject matter becomes, the stronger it is for it.
There is more than enough substance to make the show one to watch. Ultimately, it isn’t perfect and the crowd isn’t huge, but it is inventive and unique – exactly the sort of comic the Fringe needs.
Words: Tom Crosby
Nev: Guts, Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, Aug 22-28, 10:00pm