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May Festival of Ideas: Viv Groskop - I Laughed, I Cried
Please note: this event took place in July 2013
How One Woman Took on Stand-Up and (Almost) Ruined Her Life
When is it too late to become the person you were meant to be? Viv Groskop is fed-up, recession-scarred and pushing 40. She always wanted to be a stand-up comedian. But surely that's not advisable if you have three children, a mortgage and a husband who hates stand-up comedy? With no time to waste, she attempts the mother of all comedy marathons - 100 gigs in 100 nights. She laughs. Sometimes at her own jokes. Occasionally the audience laughs too. Often they don't. And she cries. Tears of joy, of misery and of profound self-loathing.
Along the way she is heckled, flattered, hated, hit on and told that she is 'reasonably funny - but you don't really have any material, do you, love?' So is this the start of an exciting new life? Or a delusional experiment doomed to failure? In her new book, Groskop tells the story of an alarmingly specific and reckless experiment that has a reassuringly universal and inspiring message. You CAN do what you want to do even if it's completely terrifying. You CAN try something new without giving up the day job. And you CAN go after what you really want in life without destroying everything around you. Well, not absolutely everything.
This special event is in association with What the Frock!.
Biography: Described as 'charmingly leftfield with a warm, oddball sense of humour', Viv Groskop performs stand-up sets which are playful and slightly unhinged. She is the queen of infectious enthusiasm and a rockin' MC, but possibly the worst rapper ever. She was a Funny Women finalist in 2012 and winner of Spontaneity Shop Maestro Improv 2012. She was recently appointed the Artistic Director of the Independent Bath Literature Festival. Visit her website to find out more.
Ticket prices: £7.00 full / £6.00 concessions
May Festival of Ideas
Please note: this is a old season with no further events to see
The Bristol Festival of Ideas returns with over 70 events on religion, the wild, science, feminism, a celebration of the work of E P Thompson, the working class on film, bravery, the Left and the Right, immigration, physics, food, economics and more.
Past events and screenings that were part of this season
Five Bristol Stories
Five short films from digital storytelling project Bristol Stories that reveal the important people, places and events in the lives of Bristolians.
Blue Is The Warmest Colour
This year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner is a passionate and controversial love story for anyone who has ever had their hearts broken. Really quite extraordinary.