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Gareth Waugh

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Gareth Waugh by Trudy State 2017

Gareth Waugh

Edinburgh-based comedian and writer Gareth Waugh first set foot on stage in 2010, making an immediate splash in the entertainment industry and being described by the BBC as “One of the fastest rising stars of the Scottish comedy circuit”.

The two-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist and winner of Radio Forth’s Big Comedy Audition has appeared on numerous radio shows, including Radio 4’s The Speakeasy, The John Moloney Show, Radio 4 Xtra Stands Up and BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking the News, The Good, The Bad and The Unexpected and Live at the Stand. Waugh can also be seen online as a range of regular characters in the star-studded comedian-cameo-laden online sketch Show “Monkey Nut Sandwich”, in the online sitcom M.U.F.F and on TV, with appearances on the BBC’s Scot Squad and hosting an episode of 2019’s Comedy Underground series.

In 2017, he sold out his much-anticipated solo Edinburgh Festival debut with a show called Honestly, a show all about lying and honesty. Sharing the stage with two microphones, Gareth split his enthralling storytelling between them, with the premise that one mic must be for when he told the truth, the other only lies. Honestly defied its afternoon slot, receiving rave reviews and even selling out the extra shows added to meet audience demand.

On the strength of this debut, he was offered a four-week east-coast Australian tour in 2018, where he sold out his solo shows at Sydney’s Factory Theatre. He also performed Honestly in London’s Soho Theatre.

2018 saw his Edinburgh Fringe Honestly sequel Oh Boy…! also sell out its entire run. Described as being all about the Law Of The Playground, Gareth encountering travelling companions from Hell and accidentally fulfilling his teenage bucket list (excluding the failed rap career), this show featured in the 2019 Sydney Comedy Festival programme and saw him make his New York debut with an off-Broadway season as well as coming to London’s Pleasance Theatre and to the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Gareth’s latest solo show Just Me…?, a comedian’s forensic look at his own foibles and bizarre past behaviour, premieres at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe and will again go on tour afterwards.

In addition to his stand-up, and creating occasional short form clips for BBC Online, Gareth is currently writing a new animated series for a BAFTA-winning production company.

Gareth can be seen in the major comedy clubs and festivals around the UK and has also toured with artists including Kathryn Ryan, Iain Stirling, Jamali Maddix, Tom Stade, and Daniel Sloss.


Press Quotes

Very funny… impressive comic chops… an engaging, friendly onstage manner
– Beyond the Joke

Tightly honed, self-mocking… nicely crafted lines… bigger things likely await.
– Chortle

Smart, witty… very funny! – Scotsman

Loads and load of laughs… Potential to be a major player in Scottish if not World comedy
✶✶✶✶ One4Review

Plenty laughs… an early afternoon treat – The List

Gareth Waugh revels in revisiting the glorious naivety of his wide-eyed youth with cheerful optimism….There’s not a lot of fat on his jokes and it all lands on pretty solid footing. The audience are granted a sense of comfort listening to somebody’s missteps and dreams because it feels realistic and oddly familiar… his distinct storytelling style, free from the usual cynical trappings of the format, and his invite for us to laugh at his painful resume of teenage accomplishments, cements Waugh as one of Edinburgh’s most likeable performers.
– Wee Review

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Gareth Waugh by Trudy State 2017

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