John Scott first stepped on stage as a stand up in May 1999 at the Stand comedy club. The promoters of the club were so impressed with his debut they asked him to participate in their Edinburgh festival Fringe show Stand up Scotland and two months later he found himself participating in the first of his eight Edinburgh runs. From this instantly positive beggining John then became a member of the comedy sketch troupe Fish Supper appearing alongside Miles Jupp, Julie Coombe and Leighton Calvert. This show had three very successful fringe runs and garnered excellent reviews. They eventually made it to the pilot stage with BBC Scotland but due to outside commits the troupe disbanded.
From there John participated in two more Fringe runs, firstly in the show Mongrel Nation alongside Scots comic Saj Shaudry. Another well received show that went on to be one of The List magazines top 10 picks of the Fringe. The show took a satirical look at nationalism and multiculturalism within the Scottish identity. His next fringe run saw him reunited with writer performer Leighton Calvert in the satirical show British Television Explained. Another critical hit. It was shortly after his final fringe that John decided to move to England and pursue a full time career as a stand-up comic. Just prior to departing he managed to win the Scottish segment of The Spike Milligan Award for new talent.
In 2010 John made a return to the Edinburgh festival to participate in Take the Mike. A competition sponsored by Fosters Lager and The Sun. This showcase offered the biggest cash prize of any competition at the festival and after a week of competition he walked away with the twelve thousand pounds. In a roundabout way this technically makes John the first winner of the Fosters comedy Award Since as they then went on to sponsor the main comedy award at the Edinburgh Festival a year later. From there he has completed another two solo Edinburgh runs and a critically acclaimed run at the Adelaide festival.
More recently John was chosen from over 200 applicants to participate in the BBC’s Jesting About project, a showcase for comedy writers and performers from the North East. He worked on two separate projects with the BBC, the first to develop a radio sketch show and the second to develop a TV panel show. The training has proven to be of use to him. John from here went on to develop the live political satire panel show Sod the Tories (And Have a Nice Week) which he per forms with a coalition of fellow comics monthly at the prestigious Stand Comedy Club.
Outside awards and fringe runs as a comic John has done warm up for such established names as Frankie Boyle, Ross Noble, Reginald D Hunter, Jerry Sadowitz, Stewart Francis and is about to embark on a tour supporting Tom Stade. He also works extensively on the corporate circuit and has appeared alongside such names as Jack Charlton, Peter Shilton, Nick Leeson (Rouge Trader) and again many more.
His TV and Radio work includes Radio Scotland’s Fred Macaulay show, BBC Radio Newcastle (Various) The Hour, Edinburgh Nights, The Rovers Pub Quiz, Live at Jongleurs for Loaded TV and Late Nite. As a writer he has contributed to Top 50 Greatest Scots, The Live Floorshow and has recently been asked to contribute to a new comedy show for BBC radio Newcastle.
“ Always plays a blinder. Never hits a dry patch. People were literally in tears of laughter.” The Skinny