Anvil Springstien

Anvil Springstien

Liverpool-born Anvil Springstien has been on the circuit for 20 years, after starting at Newcastle's Crack Club new material night in 1986. His unusual stage name dates back from the days when his act included a concrete slab being smashed on his chest with a sledgehammer (representing Marxism)

He left school with no qualifications, spent seven years at sea, then two years travellling through Europe, before returning to Europe to become a mature student, gathering a teaching certificate, a degree in sociology and an honours degree in politics. He tried various jobs, including barman, social worker, journalist and teacher before deciding on comedy.

He's since perfomed several Edinburgh shows, gigged in South East Asia, performed at music festivals and done TV warm-ups for Paddy Kielty.

In addition to his live work, he wrote a satirical column for the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette in the mid-Nineties, worked as a presenter on ITV's Net Dot Comedy in 1999-2000 and was a regular contributor to The Big Story, which aired on Granada and Tyne Tees in 2003 and on Radio Five Live's Late Night Curry with Edwina Curry

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Comedy Terrorist hijacked

Inevitable invasion of Fringe show

The Comedy Terrorist's Fringe show was yesterday hijacked by three publicity-seeking comics..

The inevitable stunt came as Aaron Barschak returned to the stage of the Underbelly venue after cancelling his first official performance of Osama Likes It Hot because of exhaustion.

The trio burst onto the stage halfway through his show, bound and gagged him and read out a spoof statement on behalf of the "Real Comedy Alliance".

David Hadingham, Anvil Springstien and Ian Fox-Marrs said their invasion was "a vain and quite frankly pathetic attempt to garner publicity for our purile but nevertheless very funny shows".

Springstien said: "He turned out to be a really nice guy, even complimenting my show before we gagged him. It's just a pity we couldn't locate this evidence beforehand."

Hadingham said: "Hats off to him, he's got his publicity at least. But at the end of the day, what's good for the goose is good for the gander - and may I suggest people have a gander at my show."

The trio are all performing at the Fringe's new venue, The Pod.

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Published: 4 Aug 2003

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