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Venue:Espionage, 4 India Buildings (Entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate) Edinburgh EH1 2EX
Phone: 0131 4777 007
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Kasbar
AUG 4-28 at 18:15 (60 min)
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Award winning comedian John Scott returns to the Free Fringe with a mixture of old favourites and brand new material.

John has been ingrained in both the British and global comedy scene for over 15 years. This will be his 12th Edinburgh run. He is the winner of the biggest cash prize ever awarded at the Edinburgh Festival when he won the Take the Mic contest in 2012 and received prize money of 14'000 pounds.

John has headline most UK clubs and done warm up for Stewart Lee, Jerry Sadowitz, Frankie Boyle, Reg D Hunter and toured with Tom Stade.

He has appeared on Edinburgh Nights (BBC Scotland) The Fred McCauley show (BBC Radio Scotland) and had a substantial part in the cult short film The Bad Samaritan.



Oh, a lot of acts will dip a toe in “UKIP are nasty” shallows, but it takes someone like John Scott to dive in head-first and punch every hideous sea creature he meets right between the eyes. Before you know it, he’s chewed up and spat out austerity, Margaret Thatcher, the paedophile scandal, benefit fraud, racism, class, homophobia, Mhairi Black and a sneezing attack on a bus (ok, the last one isn’t strictly political, but it is a great anecdote, so worth a mention). He reserves a special venom for Tony Blair and the invasion of Iraq but somehow, filtered through his comedy-club delivery, it doesn’t feel like a soapbox diatribe or a trendy-leftie ticking off: this is political comedy built from the grassroots up, an informed opinion column with a spiky sense of humour.

“Confidently told hilarious tales of class-based woe, nothing missed the mark in a superb set where every story was expertly crafted before being subverted with a killer punch line. After practicing comedy for five arduous years, expect to see his name somewhere big very soon.”

“John Scott is an excellent comic and this is without doubt the first step on the road to a long and successful career in comedy."

“ Always plays a blinder. Never hits a dry patch. People were literally in tears of laughter.”


“Among the top 5 comics emerging from Scotland.”


“A genuinely gifted comedian.”


“Superb! The stand out stand up of the evening.”

100% BIKER

“Possibly the funniest Scotsman alive.”

News and Reviews for this Show

August 23, 2016  The Mumble
5 Star Review for John Scott : Smashes it to F**k
John Scott returns to Edinburgh from the depths of the Stand Comedy Club in Newcastle with his intriguingly titled show, Smashes It To F**k. A regular face on the comedy circuit during the Fringe, John is always one of these comedians that takes his show to another level. Acquiring the Kasbar in Espionage, with a crowd of 35 to 40 people, this is a close up and personal hour of hard-hitting, stand-up comedy. John takes an average day and turns it into a head-on collision of gripping, on the edge of your seat hilarity. From the first words spoken, John had the audience in barrels of laughter, clutching at his jokes as they were hurled towards us with precise meaning… Click Here

August 16, 2016  One 4 Review
Review for John Scott Smashes It to F*ck
I’d not heard of John Scott prior to this Fringe, but clearly lots of other people have, because this show was standing room only. I was lucky to manoeuvre into a space where I could see a sliver of the stage, but what I could see didn’t make me too bothered about missing out on visuals. This isn’t physical comedy: it’s pure, face-paced, spoken-word stand up.

There’s a nice balance in the show, with the alternation between big world/small world commentary. Mr Scott suggested he would put in more of what the audience preferred, so it’s entirely possible another night would yield a different show. It might do that anyway, because he looks (and talks) like he has a vast library of material in his head, and just pulls out the bits he likes most at that given minute.

The delivery is confident and articulate, and the material comes at a fair lick – no slowing down for the inebriated. This means if something offends (and it might), there’ll be something along soon enough that doesn’t. Almost all of his material is intelligent and considered, a mix of thoughtful and incisive political satire, personal anecdotes and general observations. And it’s all delivered in a marvellous Scottish accent (some things are just funnier in a Scottish accent).

Espionage (Kasbar), 18:15

Reviewed by Laura Click Here

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