Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
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Don't Make Us Pray For Rain
Cricket World Cup 2007 anthem written with John Ryan
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From 1984 to 1993, Steve Gribbin was half of the political musical comedy duo Skint Video, alongside Brian Mulligan. They appeared on TV shows including Saturday Live and Cabaret At Jongleurs and The Mary Whitehouse Experience on radio.
Since then, the 5ft 4in Scouse exile, lapsed Catholic, socialist, Liverpool FC fan has become a solo stalwart of the comedy circuit, and is a permanent member of The Cutting Edge topical show at the London Comedy Store.
He has also performed two full-length one-man shows at the Edinburgh Festival, Natural Born Kidder in 1995 and I'm Turning Into My Dad! in 1999.
Original Review:The genre of musical comedy is much maligned – and often rightly so – but the acerbic Steve Gribbin brings a pace and bite to his scabrous set that elevates it above the norm.
His strength is punchy musical one-liners; gags that are efficiently set up then smartly despatched with a snatched line or two from a rewritten hit song.
Where many lesser comics would painfully pad the one gag out into a full, repetitive song, this lively Scouser swiftly dismisses it to move onto the next. The jokes might be punny, silly or old-fashioned – but the spirited quickfire delivery ensures he’s a worthy crowd-pleaser.
Gribbin does, however, struggle to maintain that impressive momentum with the full-length numbers he writes. Here a heavy reliance on the shorthand of simplistic, familiar reference points - George Bush=stupid, for instance - means the lyrics can lean towards the bland. Still, the music is so upbeat, and performed with such vigour, that it can’t fail to entertain.
His subjects are drawn from topical events, and he works hard to that ensure his material is quickly turned over, keeping the routine bang up-to-date. He might have been on the comedy circuit more than 20 years - first as part of the Skint Video double act, then as a solo act – but he’s admirably determined not to rest on his laurels.
Despite that success, Gribbin’s writing is still informed by a chip-on-the-shoulder working-class anger, which gives a vicious kick to some of his more vicious insults, however cheerily they are delivered. And that sugar-coated venom is what gives Gribbin’s polished set the edge.
|Date of review: Aug 2000|
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It's October, time to leave the World Cup material behind. It's also 2010, time to leave the 1970s style act behind.As for using the "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" song as a basis for parody - I think you can see where this is going...
One of the best on the circuit
Top bloke with a top act. I must have seen Skint Video 20 times over the course of 1985. Steve still has what it takes.
God. Awful. I was almost in actual physical pain watching his mercifully short set. Barely a titter from the audience. Like an embarassing dad who insists on telling people jokes and convinced he's hilarious.
Weakest act I have ever seen, avoid!
We saw Steve in Halifax, he was on fire (not literally) Held the audiences attention for well over the scheduled time. The gags, mimes, puns and songs were kept the room entertained. Let me tell you that is no easy task in West Yorkshire - we demand high standards and value for money. Steve undoubdtedly produced the goods. Even to the extent that I bought his CD.
Saw him as part of the Cutting Edge team at the Comedy Store last night. Clearly the weak link by a long shot. Had to resort to swearing profusely and getting angry. Occasionally funny with his songs, but when told to tell jokes on the current affairs topic 'obesity' all he could come up with was "I'm only this fat because everytime I shag your mum she gives me a pie". Absolutely awful.
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