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John Scott first stepped on stage as a stand up in May 1999 at the Stand comedy club. The promoters of the club were so impressed with his debut they asked him to participate in their Edinburgh festival Fringe show Stand up Scotland and two months later he found himself participating in the first of his eight Edinburgh runs.
From this instantly positive beginning John then became a member of the comedy sketch troupe Fish Supper appearing alongside Miles Jupp, Julie Coombe and Leighton Calvert. This show had three very successful fringe runs and garnered excellent reviews. They eventually made it to the pilot stage with BBC Scotland but due to outside commits the troupe disbanded.
From there John participated in two more Fringe runs, firstly in the show Mongrel Nation alongside Scots comic Saj Shaudry. Another well received show that went on to be one of The List magazines top 10 picks of the Fringe. The show took a satirical look at nationalism and multiculturalism within the Scottish identity.
His next fringe run saw him reunited with writer performer Leighton Calvert in the satirical show British Television Explained. Another critical hit.
More recently John was chosen from over 200 applicants to participate in the BBC’s Jesting About project, a showcase for comedy writers and performers from the North East. He worked on two separate projects with the BBC, the first to develop a radio sketch show and the second to develop a TV panel show.
The training has proven to be of use to him. John from here went on to develop the live political satire panel show Sod the Tories (And Have a Nice Week) which he performs with a coalition of fellow comics monthly at the Stand Comedy Club. This show is now gathering a strong following and the Podcast is also becoming a hit with comedy fans. As well as being a concise satirical show the event is also drawing attention for its “Ask the activist” segment where the panel interviews people from as diverse backgrounds as Trade Union movements, The People’s Assembly, local TV journalism and a variety of political causes. It has just been confirmed for another 12 month run at The Stand Comedy Club.
“ Always plays a blinder. Never hits a dry patch. People were literally in tears of laughter.”