Glaswegian comedian and popular Twitch streamer Rosco McClelland enters clad in a denim biker vest and a spider’s web tattoo coning one elbow.
A tough-guy comedy routine with a dram of winsome charm
As soon as McClelland opens his mouth to reveal a gravelly accent and surreal observational humour, comparisons to fellow Glaswegian Billy Connelly are inevitable. McClelland’s tough-guy routine, however, is uniquely his own, with an extra dram of winsome charm.
For all except royalty, Bring Out Your Dead is an inclusive show and McClelland saves his ire for just one subject: King Charles. Instead of commenting on ‘issues that don’t relate to [him]’, McClelland prefers to opt for neutral territory, riffing on bendy buses, drunk antics and dentistry.
The main purpose of the show seems to be to provide solid entertainment rather than to share personal stories, and though he throws in some new gags, McClelland seems to be playing it safe, already backed by loyal fans and a 10,000-strong following on Twitch.
Strap in for a show peppered with multimedia, lyrics from The Proclaimers, and slug content, all tied together by a born performer who oozes confidence despite unforeseen audio glitches.
Tech issues notwithstanding, Fringe veteran McClelland is a dream to watch, taking charge despite an admission that the show is usually much better. Thankfully, the crowd doesn’t care, happy just to be in McClelland’s loud, lairy but loveable presence.