Kieran Hodgson: “Big In Scotland” at Edinburgh Fringe 2023

**** (out of 5)

Kieran Hodgson has written a love letter to Scotland, a big sloppy love letter so Scottish and Gaelic that there’s a big screen alongside the stage providing live closed captioning.

He’s a three-time nominee at the Fringe’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards, and nobody would be surprised if he picked up his fourth nomination this year. Despite or even precisely because he now considers himself a bad Englishman. Until Two Doors Down came calling, this lad from Yorkshire had his sights set on London’s West End or Hollywood. The pandemic obviously changed things. So, too, did his decision to relocate to Glasgow for his new sitcom role, whereupon Hodgson decided he’d assimilate as best he could? He previously felt his best night in show business came when former PM Gordon Brown reviewed him as someone who showed off different voices with a story running through it. This hour is that, plus more.

Kieran Hodgson: Big In Scotland runs through Aug. 27 at Pleasance Courtyard, Forth

Sean L. McCarthy

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