Life After Death: Scott Gibson says to always look on the bright side

Published: Monday 15th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Scottish funnyman Scott Gibson is bringing his debut show, Life After Death, to Hull Truck Theatre. We caught up with him to find out more.

After much success last year with the show at Edinburgh, winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2016, Scott is now touring across the UK.

He has also caught the attention of fellow Scottish comedy favourite Frankie Boyle, who has praised him for being “a naturally gifted storyteller”.

The performance focuses on a particularly significant period of Scott’s life and offers food for thought:

“I came home from a friend’s stag weekend, feeling rather rough. I was ill for the next week or so, but put it down to being hungover and just under the weather,” he tells us.

“I eventually went to hospital and was told that I’d had a brain haemorrhage and that they’d discovered an aneurysm.”

Whilst this was a difficult time in Scott’s life, he manages to see the bright side. It was this event that pushed him from his old day job to become a comedian.

“I used to work at a call centre, not on the phones luckily,” he chuckles. “I’ve always been interested in comedy but never had the confidence to do it. Going through this tough time made me just go for it.”

This optimistic view shines throughout Scott’s stand-up: “The show is basically set in the hospital and follows the events that occurred in the fortnight after being diagnosed,” he explains.

“It doesn’t sound particularly funny, but trust me, there are some funny bits in it.”

The comedian takes great comfort from making light of the darker times in his life: “I think it helps people to deal with difficult events when you can see the humour.”

After May, Scott will be heading to a few festivals before working on his new show, Like Father Like Son, in preparation for Edinburgh. Again, this show will touch on some deeper topics, primarily a father’s relationship with his child.

Life After Death is essentially a one-man play. Whilst it’s a stand-up routine, you won’t catch me doing an hour and a half of one-liners. It follows a story; there are some poignant and reflective moments, as well as a lot of laughs.”

It is also Scott’s debut show. Before this he had spent time supporting other comedians and performing shorter sets in clubs:

“It’s crazy to think that this is my job. I’ve been doing this full-time for the past couple of years now and I’m so excited to tour my first show.”

Life After Death visits Hull Truck Theatre on Wednesday 17 May. Tickets start from £17.50 and can be booked by calling 01482 323638, or you can book online.

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Published: Monday 15th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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