Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
Simon B Cotter
Snorri Hergill Kristjansson
Special guest who cannot be named
Stephen K Amos
Steve N Allen
Curb Your Enthusiasm guest appearance
Season 6 Episode 9. Larry's therapist (Coogan) is in jail
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Born in Middleton, near Manchester, Steve Coogan trained at the city's Polytechnic School of Theatre. He started out as an impressionist – his first stand-up appearance being in 1986 – and went on to provide many of the voices for Spitting Image on ITV.
However, he became bored with the limitations of that act, and started creating characters to perform on the comedy circuit, and in 1992 he won the Perrier award for the show he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe with John Thomson. Coogan gave boorish, student-hating Paul Calf his first screen outing on Saturday Zoo in 1993. This character, and his loose sister Pauline – also played by Coogan – made several TV shows, including Paul Calf's Video Diary that went out on New Year’s Day 1994 and Pauline Calf's Wedding Video that went out at the end of that year – subtitled Three Fights, Two Weddings And A Funeral. Other early characters included dreadful comedian Duncan Thickett and health and safety officer Ernest Moss.
But Coogan is best known for Alan Partridge, who first appeared in Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci's Radio 4 show On The Hour in 1991, which transferred to TV as The Day Today in 1994. Coogan was part of an ensemble cast, but his inept, pompous sports reporter was considered to have enough mileage for him, with Iannucci and Patrick Marber, to create the spin-off spoof chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You – which again started on radio before transferring to TV for two series in 1994 and 1995. The character’s downfall after losing his precious TV show was charted in I'm Alan Partridge, which started in 1999.
Between the two series, he starred in Coogan's Run, a series of one-off playlets reviving the Calfs, and featuring a string of other characters, most notably insensitive salesman Gareth Cheeesman. He also tried to launch the smarmy singer Tony Ferrino, but with little success, before returning to Partridge. His much anticipated spoof horror series Dr Terrible’s House Of Horrible aired in 2001, but also failed to take off. Saxondale, which started in 2006, was largely seen as a return to TV form for Coogan, who played a rock-loving pest controller.
Coogan’s film career began inauspiciously with a cameo in The Indian in the Cupboard in 1995, followed by the role of Mole in Terry Jones's 1996 version of The Wind in the Willows.
His first significant cinematic role was the lead in The Parole Officer in 2001, playing a Partridge-like buffoon. The following year he starred as Factory Records founder and Granada TV presenter Tony Wilson in Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People. He reunited with Winterbottom for A Cock and Bull Story – an attempt to film the unfilmable Tristam Shandy novel with Rob Brydon in 2005. He also starred in Around The World In 80 Days opposite Jackie Chan, Marie Antoinette, and the 2008 High School comedy Hamlet 2.
Coogan also founded Baby Cow Productions [named after Paul Calf] with Henry Normal, which has produced such comedies as The Mighty Boosh, Nighty Night and Marion and Geoff.
I saw Steve Coogan's show, Alan Partridge and less successful characters, at the Liverpool Arena on Sunday October 12. I had been looking forward to the show for some weeks and, like most other people there, the return of our 'hero', Alan Partridge himself. It was therefore very disappointing to find that the show lacked anywhere near the impact the TV shows that made him a household name. Steve did his own warm-up in the first half of the show, with Pauline Calf, Saxondale, Duncan Thickett and Paul Calf doing a turn and a crowd who had come to be entertained were generous to what was really a tepid first half. Unfortunately, the expected reward for their generosity did not arrive, as the second half, fully devoted to Alan Partridge, failed by a long way to live up to expectations. The script was generally unfunny, with only the occasional Partridge-ism thrown in and a large portion of the section was given over to a play written by & starring Alan, about Thomas More. It felt like a school play, failing dismally to raise any laughs. Many members of the audience were leaving before the end and, amongst the shouts from them as they left, perhaps 'Seeya Steve, try to be funny next time' was the most appropriate. Add to the lack of comedy in this comedy show the fact that the star was extremely under-rehearsed, regularly referring to prompt cards for his lines, and the whole event was a massive disappointment. It may well be that the Partridge TV show formats do not lend themselves to the stage well, though I think I am clutching at straws. If you were thinking of spending £30-£40 on this, I'd suggest you think again and buy an Alan Partridge DVD.
Liverpool Echo arena, 13th Oct 2008. Very, very poor. Fluffed lines, not a polished act at all, and £33 to boot.
Watched Coogan at King George's Hall, In parts it was very good, but in others Coogan fluffled his gags, looked nervous, and left the stage looking a bit sheepish. But as a fan, he's still worth a watch, Paul Calf was very good, as was Partridge pre Thomas Moore play!
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Alan Partridge: Mid Morning Matters
The Tony Ferrino Phenomenon
I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan
Steve Coogan Live - As Alan Partridge And Other Less Successful Characters
Steve Coogan: The Complete Collection
On The Hour Series 1
On The Hour Series 2
Saxondale Series 2
Saxondale: Complete Series 1
A Cock And Bull Story
Steve Coogan: The Biography
Steve Coogan: Live 'n' Lewd
Around the World in 80 Days
The Day Today
Paul and Pauline Calf's Cheese and Ham Sandwich 
Live on stage at the Neptune Theatre, Liverpool
I'm Alan Partridge : Complete BBC Series 2
Alan Partridge : Knowing Me, Knowing You
Plus the Christmas special
Doctor Terrible's House Of Horrible
Steve Coogan in ... Coogan's Run
I'm Alan Partridge : Complete BBC Series 1
The Parole Officer
Steve Coogan: Live 'N' Lewd / The Man Who Thinks He's It 
His 1994 and 1998 tours on one DVD
Knowing Me, Knowing You... With Alan Partridge
Audio tape (1996):
Paul Calf's Book for Boys and Pauline Calf's Book for Girls: Performed by Steve Coogan
Paul And Pauline Calf's Video Diaries