Crook, May 30th 2019
30 May @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Steve Gribbin, Michael Holford, and host Richard Massara
Steve Gribbin is a diminutive guitar-wielding satirist from Liverpool whose scabrous comedy songs and off the wall observations have made him one of the firm favourites of the comedy circuit.
Steve’s original comedy songs combine razor sharp lyrics with tunes that put their foot in the door of your mind and refuse to leave. Firmly based in rock ‘n’ roll and refusing to pull no punches, these are not the ‘oh so witty’ ditties of penguin-suited plink plonk piano playing posh gobs. They are that rarity – comedy songs which are actually funny.
For nine years Steve was the smaller one in the dynamic comedy duo Skint Video, stalwart’s of the Edinburgh Festival, appearing on countless television programmes such as Saturday Live, radio such as The Mary Whitehouse Experience, and their own show in 1992/3 Songlines (BBC Radio 1). Skint Video went their different ways in 1993, since then Steve has been storming across the UK and Ireland as a solo artiste.
“A comic animated by proper passion... a trenchant treat” - The Guardian
“You can count the number of truly imaginative comic singers currently on the circuit on the fingers of one hand. One of this select band is Steve Gribbin” - Time Out
“Satirical songs are hard to pull off successfully, but if anyone can do it, Steve Gribbin can. In fact, he pulls it off with real aplomb” - The Independent
Michael bounds onto stage with an enthusiasm that is infectious and immediately welcomes the audience in.
His act is a lovely mix of his childhood, the characters he has met along the way, and stories of married life that people find extremely relatable. The amount of knowing looks and and nods in the crowd always backs this up.
There's a delightful tone to Holford's work that treads very carefully through his family tales that always shows a love and affection towards those he jokes about. There's also a wide range of tales to keep all tastes happy - while his marriage material appeals to the couples in the audience, he embraces a wide demographic with his gags that leave nobody feeling left out.
Michael is a storyteller, but there are still plenty of punchlines throughout his set. Holford has the ability to make crowds of any age roar with laughter, and sends them away appreciating what good live comedy can do.
“He absolutely blew us away - great comedy and great entertainment” - Jesterval
“Just wasn’t expecting that, loved the passion and loved the delivery... we want him back” - Lindisfarne Festival
“Smashed it yet again. Great work!” - Punch Drunk Comedy
Since becoming a stand up in 2010 Richard has won Real Radio XS New Comedian 2012 and The Frog & Bucket's Preston Comedian of the Year 2012 and is becoming a regular on the UK circuit with his brand of filthy self depreciation.
As well as performing for many of the best independent comedy clubs in the country, Richard is a regular at one off events, charity gigs, and festivals. Also an accomplished actor, you may well have seen Richard on-screen in several films, or TV programmes such as Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.
“A very funny guy, with a wicked line in smut... produced a lot of laughter and earned lots of applause” - BSH Magazine
“Presence to spare and some wicked material” - One4Review
Steve Gribbin & Michael Holford – Crook – May 30th 2019
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