Five questions for John Scott
Tell us about your show…..
My show is a political satire show called Dissent. The hour gets around such stuff as Westminster, the Arab Spring, Rachel Dolezal, the war on terror. There’s a chunk of biographical stuff in there too. George Carlin is probably the biggest influence on how I tackle things. He used to describe what he spoke about as “the big world and the little world” – meaning he does big issues mixed with everyday stuff. So far it’s going great and audiences have really enjoyed it. I even got a cuddle from a German man the other day.
If you weren’t a stand-up what would you be and why?
A gardener. I’m staying with my elderly mum at the moment. I earn my keep by doing stuff like the garden – it’s very relaxing and therapeutic.
What’s the best and worst thing about being you?
Being a comedian. I get to do a job I love, but in doing that job I’ve made myself totally unemployable. If the work dries up I don’t see any prospective employers being thrilled about what I’ve been doing for over a decade.
What do you get up to in Edinburgh when you’re not on stage?
Describe your perfect Edinburgh Fringe…
And the winner of the Foster’s Comedy Awards is…Nah, just kidding. I think I’ve cracked it this year. I’ve chosen to remain detached from press. I don’t know when they’re in, I don’t know what they’re saying. That results in a completely unaffected performance. I feel the people buying tickets deserve that – and so far that’s been working just fine.
John Scott: Dissent, The Stand 2, Edinburgh, 6-30 August (not 17), 16:50, £8. Tickets.