If there was ever a show of two halves, Scott Agnew has produced it. Initially it is a showcase of crowd-pleasing material. Obviously he is a good, bankable act, but topics like Scotland vs England make it feel like a elongated and unoriginal set.
This was frustrating as, around the half-way point, Agnew proves himself to be a very competent, engaging and original anecdotal comedian. The later material plays on his homosexuality and living as HIV positive but in a way that consistently enlightens and surprises. He has a lot to say and from a refreshing perspective. Although, references to things like his homelessness unfortunately go un-mined.
The show is seriously worth recommending. It is, once the weaker stand-up has melted away, a very original and well-performed piece of work. It just took too long to get there.
Words: Tom Crosby
Picture: Tommy Ga Ken Wan
Scott Agnew: I’ve Snapped My Banjo String, Let’s Just Talk, Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, Aug 21-29, 8:00pm