Scott Gibson talks about sharing holiday stories in ANYWHERE BUT HERE at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Name: Scott Gibson
Name of Edinburgh show: “Anywhere But Here”
Venue: Gilded Balloon, Teviot, Billiard Room
Performance time: 15:45
Show length: 1hr (60m)
Ticket price: £10.00/£11.00

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
My name is Scott Gibson and I’m a comedian based in Glasgow. I started stand up in November 2010 after sitting a wee comedy course in Glasgow. My first gig went reasonable well, was offered a gig that weekend from the MC on the night and it went from there. Totally caught the bug and knew this was what I wanted to do for a living, or to try and find a way to make this my full time job. Kept working away and was able to go full time at the end of 2012, start of 2013. Some comedians don’t like the idea of comedy courses, I can see why. It creates a conveyor belt of rolling open spots who all think they are comics as soon as the course is over, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. However, what it does is give you a safe space and timeframe to work towards your first gig. Well thats what it did for me anyway. I’m glad I did it. I often think what life would be like if I had never taken to the stage. Boring I’d imagine.

I’d describe myself as a storyteller, thats the style of comedy I love and thankfully the one that works for me. Before Comedy no real performing background, did a school play twice. Once I played a Tree the other a Magic Fairy haha both challenging roles I’m sure you agree. For now anyway no plans to dig out the Tree costume. I’ll stick to comedy.

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
The new show is called “Anywhere But Here” and this will be my third EdFringe show. It’s possibly the one I am most nervous about but also the one I’m most looking forward to. Mostly because I’ve had to turn the show around so quickly. My first show (Life After Death) was probably in my head at least for 4 years. I always knew that would be the very first show I did. After that show came Like Father Like Son, and again I was probably without knowing it, working on that for maybe 2 years. So when I look at the new show (Anywhere But Here) and think to myself that I first started writing the show in March of this year. Thats when the nerves kick in. But the joy of storytelling is that as the show grows and develops, the stories will grow themselves and settle in to what is the EdFringe hour then the full Tour Show.

The show itself is really a collection of holiday stories, focusing on the very first ever trip abroad I had without my parents at just 16. My a group of school friends and the Kavos sun haha. A little nod towards how travel changes as you age, what you need or want from a holiday and the importance of travel. How important it is to build memories and stories and to share those stories.

I really am looking forward to sharing the show with the audiences in Edinburgh.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
Well as I said before I have been working on the show since March of this year (2018). Every March is the Glasgow Comedy Festival and each year I try to run out a new idea for a show. Then over the coming months I will work on it in the lead up to Edinburgh.

Every comedian is different and it’s important for acts to realise and understand that. We are different in the content we produce and how we create that content. I have friends who will be working on a new show idea in September as soon as the Fringe is over. Some will book in 30+ previews before Edinburgh. You have to find what works for you.

For me like I say I’ll run out the new show ideas in March, then I will take the show notes and recording and out it away in a drawer. The come June pick it up again and start to knock it in to shape for Edinburgh. This way works for me. I find it keeps the show fresh in my mind and allows me to move, expand, or even drop sections during the run as I did last year.

With regards to what makes the show relevant to audiences in 2018. . . . I’m not sure. Maybe that we all go on holiday. To be honest the idea of writing something that is relevant for an audience or for whats going on now never enters my mind. Probably never will. Thats not my style never will be. I tend to think of a funny story then I’ll say to myself “I could probably talk about that for an hour”. So no audience needs to worry about doing homework or reading anything before coming to one of my shows. Just get a drink and let me tell you some stories.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe. . . . . .don’t go haha. No listen a lot of mystery surrounds the EdFringe from comics. They talk about it as if it’s a War or something. You get the chance to do the thing you love every day for a month. Don’t get me wrong it can at times feel like a long month, but all in I love it.

My top tips are avoid all the industry nonsense and enjoy your gigs. Don’t spread yourself too thin but taking on a load of gigs every day. Make time to enjoy the festival, go see some shows and enjoy the city. There is so much to see and do. You’ll regret it if come the end of August you’ve only seen the inside of your room and pubs. O r maybe not. Also for acts watch your diet, eat some fruit maybe once a week and Gin!!! Gin is my top tip, defo. No hangover with Gin.

For visitors, you just have to accept that everywhere will be busy. But my top tip for you is to get up get out and invest in a good pair of walking shoes. Shows are on daily from 10am in some venues. So go out an enjoy the full day. Check out lots of venues and take a chance on a show you know nothing about. It may turn out to be amazing or complete madness, either way you’ll have a memory and a story to tell. Oh and take flyers, please take flyers. If Visitors to the Fringe knew how much it costs for performers to be there it would make your eyes water. So take flyers. Even if you don’t intend to go to that show, take the flyers and then leave them on a table in a bar. Someone will see them. That does help spread the message.

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Off the top of my head nothing really stands out. The thing is we don’t tend to remember the funny moments more the painful ones. I did have to stop a show once as a heavily pregnant women was waiting on a food order than hadn’t arrived. I could see she was getting angry and I thought it was me, thankfully turned out it was a pizza. Someone in the audience ended up going in to the street and getting her a Dominos. The room erupted with cheers as the pizza arrived. That was a very strange start to a show.

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Inspirations in the industry? Tommy Tiernan is a big influence of mine. One of the true greats, and incredible story teller. A real master of his craft and someone who for me continues to produce year on year. Dylan Moran is another who I admire but then also people like Maria Bamford, Harriet Dyer, Fin Taylor. People who do things that I couldn’t do with their comedy. It’s good to keep your mind open, to watch different styles and different acts. You never know where inspiration will come from. The Fringe is the place to see the best of the best.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Pre show rituals not for me no. I’ll make sure I have some water or something, one weird thing I do though is I always take a bottle of water or a pint on to stage during my tour shows, but never drink from it. No idea why. But no pre show rituals no.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
There are loads of people I am looking forward to seeing at the Fringe. That really is the best part of the month. To name a few Andrea Hubert, Gareth Mutch, Tom Stade, Suzi Ruffell, Phil Kay, Rich Wilson, Jayde Adams, Eshann Akbar, Andrew Lawrence, Darren Harriet, Josh Glanc, Paul Currie and Fin Taylor. . . . . to name a few haha. Lots of great acts on so take a chance and go see something different.

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Why do I think people should come and see my show over thousands of other shows. We lets just say I’m very proud of the new show, I think they will have a great hour listening to my stories and without doubt I’m one of the best comedians thats ever lived, so come see the show while tickets are still cheap hahaha

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