Soho Theatre meets... Scott Gibson

Thu 8 December 2016

We had a chat with Scott Gibson ahead of his run here from Tue 20 Dec

Hi! Nice to meet you, what’s your name?
Scott Gibson

Where are you from?
The Peoples Republic of Glasgow

What brings you here?
I’m here to perform my Edinburgh Fringe Show “Life After Death”

Sorry, didn’t get you a drink, what would you like?
Gin & Tonic please, thanks

Some crisps or nuts?
Salted nuts and prawn cocktail crisps if you have them.

So, what’s so special about your show?
Well not only is it a true story, which people love. I only went and Won the Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards with it, so its a true, award winning show. This is also my debut show. I’ve been doing stand up for 6 years now and finally felt confident enough to take a show to Edinburgh. I’m proud of the show, I was over the moon at how well the Fringe run went and was blown away by the response the show received. I never in a million years thought i would ever be nominated for an award, let alone actually win one. So for things to turn out the way they did was just incredible, you couldn’t write a better script for a fringe debut. Sometimes, Scottish acts, and to a lesser extent “Circuit” comedians, think that the Fringe isn’t for them. or that we don’t have a place there. Hopefully what I did this year will show that if you respect your audience by taking the time to make your show the best it can be, then everyone has a place at the Fringe. Regardless of your background or style.

How did the idea of the show come about?
When I first started comedy the idea of doing 5 minutes is over whelming, never mind your first hour. But from the very first gig I always knew that if I got to the stage where I was able to do a solo show, this would be the story I would tell.

Most comedians all have similar back stories, reasons why they started comedy. When I told people the reason why I got in to comedy they thought it was a cool story, or a little different at least. I knew from a young age, possibly 16 or 17 that I wanted to at least try stand up. I carried this all the way through my teens and never did anything about it. Mainly because I was too afraid to try, or I was afraid I would do it and I would be rubbish or it wouldn’t be what I thought it was. So best to never try, never fail and live with an idea of a dream.

Then out of the blue something happened to me when I was 24, just a few weeks before my 25 birthday that would change my life. I had returned from a friends Stag weekend and when I woke up the next morning I had the most intense pain in my head I’d ever felt. I put this down to a hangover and a bad headache, later I would discover it was indeed a brain haemorrhage. So a little worse than a headache. I went to hospital where an aneurism was also discovered. The show looks at the time I spent in hospital, focusing around the lead up to my operation and the recovery.

When I got better life, or comedy in particular didn’t seem as scary any more and so it went from there. 8 years on from the surgery and 6 years from starting stand up I finally did my debut fringe show and won Best Newcomer for it. It all worked out fine in the end.

Do you come here often?
Never been to Soho Theatre before, as a punter or a comic. So the chance to finally play here is really a dream come true. I know some people may think thats an exaggeration, but trust me this is the place you want to play as a comedian. This is the place you want to bring your show. I only had two goals going in to this years Edinburgh Fringe. 1 was to try and not lose a lot of money and the other was to get someone from Soho Theatre to come and see my show. The hope was that they would like the show and maybe keep an eye on me over the next year or two and get me down for something. So when they got in touch to offer me a run of 18 shows I couldn’t believe it. Christmas has certainly come early for me. I just can’t wait to get started and to bring my show to Soho Theatre, to the home of comedy in London.

Where are you going after here…
After Soho I think a wee holiday may be on the cards as I haven’t really stopped since August. Sit back and take everything in. Then I have my debut tour starting in 2017 with dates across the UK, as well as working on the new show for next years Fringe. All of the dates and tour information will be available on my website or people can follow me on twitter @BigScottGibson. Hope to see you at a show soon.

You can catch Scott Gibson in Life After Death here from Tue 20 Dec until Sat 14 Jan

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