Comedy

Stand-up. MC. Improviser.  For up-coming gigs, click here

“…charmingly leftfield with a warm, oddball sense of humour…” 

New show for 2016 BE MORE MARGO at Stand 4, 5.55pm, 4-28 August (15 off).

2015 Edinburgh show: SAY SORRY TO THE LADY. “Superb… at the top of her game as a stand-up. Five stars.” (edinburghfestival.org) “Cleverly structured and the kind of show that gets wilder and funnier.” (Funny Women) “Genial, playful, engaging fun.” (Chortle) “Quick wit… good fun” (Beyond the Joke). “Deeply enjoyable… Has the audience in the palm of her hand throughout.” (TheatreBath.co.uk) “Made me shriek in recognition. Wild and unhinged and uplifting.” (International Business Times)

Improv double act with Kerry Shale: People People, hosts of COMEDY ROYALE at St James Theatre Studio, most recently with Josie Lawrence and Mike McShane. 

Review of Edinburgh show: I Laughed I Cried: 2013 (Funny Women), 2014 (Freestival): “Viv Groskop positively sparkles on stage. Completely enchanting… Undeniably funny, loveable and inspirational… A must-see, leaving you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Five stars.” — Broadway Baby 

Finalist, Made-Up Stand-Up 2013. Finalist, Funny Women 2012.  Semi-Finalist, So You Think You’re Funny 2012.

Host of Jo Brand’s book tour Can’t Stand Up For Sitting Down. Co-host, Screaming with Laughter with Lucy Porter, the afternoon comedy club for parents and babies. 

Improviser trained with David Shore, Cariad Lloyd, Kevin Tomlinson and Philip Burgers. Winner, Spontaneity Shop’s Maestro Impro. 

Actors Centre member since 2011 (see here for Spotlight pin). Actors’ Centre member. Review of Viv’s performance in Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Cockpit Theatre with Salon Collective (December 2015): “great physical comedy”.

They say…

“Viv is brilliant. But I still quite like Billy Connolly.” — Jo Brand

“Very funny.” — Omid Djalili

“Inventive and hilarious. My favourite new act.” — Lucy Porter

“The queen of funny. Hysterical. You have to see this woman.” — Mary Portas

“Fantastic comedian… Very funny… Intimately performed…” — Broadway Baby review of How to Read a Story at Hendricks’ Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

“Sparky” — The Independent

“Wonderfully witty” — Time Out

“Hormonal.” — Peter Serafinowicz

“Mucho talent.” — David Schneider

“My God, girl, you’ve got some guts.” — Dame Judi Dench

MC Pen Quiz 2014: “Brilliant delivery, total cool and charisma.” — Jo Glanville, Director, English PEN

“Viv has a natural, warm rapport with an audience. She can poke gentle fun at someone but never let them feel they aren’t in on the joke, and indeed makes them feel an important part of the night.” — Simon Lukacs, promoter, Gits and Shiggles

 ”Viv was a brilliant MC for SPEAR’s Big Snooze. She had a perfect mix of getting people involved, poking fun at small children and men with beards, and keeping things moving along. Highly recommended.” — Kerry Thomas, SPEAR

“If you ever need an event host I would highly recommend Viv Groskop. She is fantastic.” — The Apprentice’s Jo Cameron, CEO and founder of Achievers Academy for Women

“Viv has a flair for picking out key details to juggle across the course of an evening and does so with great dexterity and nimbleness a la Dara O’Briain. When she’s established a groove she rides it with authority and elan.” — Malcolm Harris, online review of Gits and Shiggles

 

Writing on comedy 

 

Interviews: Dawn French (in the Telegraph and also in the Guardian), Tim Minchin (Guardian), Jack Whitehall (Observer), Sharon Horgan (Times), Stephen Mangan (Standard), Nina Conti (Standard), Tim Vine (Standard), Katherine Ryan (Standard)

Praying for laughs: Viv Groskop on the funny women who inspired her own stand-up career 

Why I performed 100 consecutive nights of stand-up comedy 

“Stay strong, Jimmy Carr, I’ve been heckled too” 

Taking a stand: When stand-up comedy turns ugly 

Do comedians lose their edge as they get older? 

 

 

 

Yes, that is Sally Phillips (pink top). Pic by Amelia Wells.

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