Scottish Comedian of the Year Rosco McClelland is riding the Scottish comedy revival, hotly tipped as one of its brightest stars, with bags of potential and professional accolades to prove he is one to watch.
“He has matured massively into an act who enjoys taking chances.. (shows) non stop progression towards stardom”
In his successful Edinburgh Festival Fringe show last year, Rosco delved deep to find out what makes him tick, using psychedelic storytelling to traverse through a life-changing event. ‘How I Got Over’ was based on his brush with death as a teenager, and discovery of a life threatening heart condition. His blasé outlook on mortality makes for some deliciously dark comedy, while his wandering mind concocts strange and surreal tangents and observations, which were the highlights of the show.
“McClelland’s persona is that of a droll philosopher, rolling with the punches life throws at him. There are unquestionable shades of Billy Connolly to his style.. a worthy aspiration. His main story is a cracker.. with a sense of jeopardy, it’s a yarn that really suckers you in and there’s an exquisite payoff”
“McClelland’s gravelly and animated onstage presence emitted continuous laughter from the audience”
– The Skinny
McClelland loves a tangent and this suits his anecdotal, story telling style perfectly, giving the show its lighter moments and absurd touches.
“McClelland is approaching shades of Tony Law-style buffoonery”
– Jay Richardson
Audiences were rewarded with clinical wit from a performance which also sold out at the Adelaide Comedy Festival in 2017.
Twice nominated Best Newcomer at Scottish Comedy Awards, and winner of Scottish Comedian of the Year in 2016, Rosco’s gravelly and animated onstage presence has impressed judges and audiences alike. He commands continuous laughter from his audiences, his naturally humorous delivery and surreal observations making a remarkable performance.
“Rosco is a gifted storyteller, with great stage presence and, of course, fantastic gags. His informal, chatty style makes for an exciting show that can go literally anywhere”
– Ed Fest Magazine
Rosco was also chosen as one of Chortle’s ‘Comedians to Watch in 2017’ for his unique comedic voice, and hard working attitude. His is frequently compared to fellow Glaswegian Billy Connolly, due to his fragmented story teller style, and ofcourse, his compelling rhythmic melodic voice. His offbeat musings and exaggerated visual imagery feel natural and not forced, as they come from an act with one foot very much planted in the real world, and he never fails to leave audiences wanting more.