COMEDY: GIG OF THE WEEK: Scott Capurro Fri

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Those mortified by Queer As Folk, Channel 4's drama series about gay life, should avoid the Improv on Friday night. The gay American comedian Scott Capurro, who tops the bill there, is so in-your-face he virtually comes out the other side. "I'm relentless," he admits cheerfully. "I don't let things go." For all that, he finds audiences over here much more receptive to his unique brand of wickedly sharp humour. The only thing that really worries Brits, he contends, is the fact that he is an American. "That offends audiences a lot more than my being queer," he laughs. "I can't imagine what it must be like to be deluged by someone else's culture - films, music, magazines. It's a constant barrage. Everyone hates Americans. We're annoying." Scott Capurro heads a bill also featuring Jeff Mirza and Les Keen and compered by

John Lenehan.

Improv, London W1 (0171-413 1777) Fri

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