Grant Stott to star in his own solo show at the Fringe

Grant Stott will lift the lid on the last 26 years of his life in showbiz. Picture: Contributed
Grant Stott will lift the lid on the last 26 years of his life in showbiz. Picture: Contributed
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HE is used to sharing the spotlight with pop stars such as Justin Bieber, Rita Ora and Rihanna as he entertains the people of Edinburgh behind the radio mic every day.

But for the very first time, Forth 1 star Grant Stott is set to appear in his own solo hour at this year’s Fringe – and has described his new venture as the “scariest thing” he has ever done.

After two decades working in radio, television and pantomime, the former policeman is set to take to the floor at the Gilded Balloon Teviot with his show ‘Grant Stott’s Tales from Behind the Mic’.

The new spectacular, directed by long-time collaborator Andy Gray, promises to lift the lid on the last 26 years of the award-winning presenter’s working life – from the moment he left the police and began working as a DJ at Radio Forth.

He told the News: “Over the last few years I’ve tried to do something that scares me and this is the scariest thing I’ve done, probably since my first play at the Fringe in 2013.

“It’s just me getting up and chatting as I do on the radio, only this time without the ads or Justin Bieber songs.”

From falling foul of his bosses for moonlighting while in the force, to embarrassing, awkward, and bizarre moments live on air, the King’s Theatre Panto star has vowed to reveal all.

Grant, who recently hosted the Edinburgh Evening News Local Hero Awards wearing a superhero suit, said: “This is a chance for people who listen to me on the radio or have seen me in panto to come and see the real me.

“I’m nervous because I’m stepping out of my comfort zone, but really looking forward to it at the same time.

“The director and I have scripted it so that most of the things I talk about are things people can relate too.

“There won’t be music like there is when I’m on the radio, but there might just be space 
for a certain song about Fife.”

Some of the most sought after questions Grant will cover in his show include: What was Daft Davie trying to say to his mum on the radio? How did a well-known Rangers player’s name make Grant say the worst possible swear word live on air? And how did that song about Fife come about?

The 49-year-old was a pupil at both Bruntsfield Primary School and James Gillespie’s High School in the city before he joined the police force in 1986.

He began working as a radio presenter in 1990.

Grant’s show runs from August 6 to 29, in the Dining Room, at the Gilded Balloon. Tickets cost £12.