COMEDY REVIEW: Gavin Webster, John Scott @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle (13.05.16) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Gavin Webster and John Scott fill Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House with crude jokes and a shockingly hilarious set; jesting about everything from paedophilia to Margaret Thatcher.

John Scott, a Scotsman living in Newcastle, is accompanied by nothing but a lonely piano; he sets the tone by asking the audience to raise their hands to their political viewpoints. Scott bounces between hilarious jokes, foremost insulting political figures, making clear his particular distaste for Thatcher and Tony Blair, whilst also making side-splitting comments on his Geordie wife to ensure relatable comedy with the audience.

Gavin Webster dives into jokes about Hitler to introduce his uncompromising humour. As you do. Webster excellently blends his candid pieces, effortlessly sliding between jokes on Thatcher and the 70s, always being mercilessly blunt and bringing everything back to life on the Tyne. He begins advertising his own T-shirts and backhandedly insults not only consumerism, but the notion that the profits might go to charity.

Webster concludes with an encore, bringing out his banjo and proving he’s more than just your average comedian, blasting out a hilariously original song about 1970s Newcastle.

Both Scott and Webster’s crude, blunt comedy had the packed audience howling from start to finish. They’re both astutely able to blend their respective personalities and styles into a show which accentuates their hilarious quick wit and brutal honesty.

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