MARK STEEL NEWS
Tune in this Thursday as Mark Steel brings his new, critically acclaimed stand-up show to BBC Radio 4.
'I've always known I was adopted, even before I knew where babies who weren't adopted came from.'
Who Do I Think I Am? is a surprising, moving and incredibly funny story about what Mark discovered in his half-hearted attempt to navigate the red tape required to track down his birth mother.
'It never really bothered me that I'd never met my mum. It never occurred to me I needed to meet her to 'find out who I was', as it didn't seem likely I'd discover I was someone different to who I thought I was. Could it turn out I was three stone lighter than I thought, or I spoke Italian or supported Arsenal or had a fear of Liquorice Allsorts? But after the birth of my own son, I realised it's quite an event to have a child, and she may well remember giving birth to me, and maybe even the adoption...'
The show will be available to listen to on iPlayer here after airing.
Ents24 has revealed their list of the Hardest Working Artists of 2016 in the worlds of music and comedy, with Off The Kerb's Romesh Ranganathan coming out on top, and five more acts in the top ten.
The charts, based on data from the UK's biggest live guide, determined which original music acts and comedians performed at the most different venues this year - with some surprising results.
Russell Kane comes in second, Mark Steel fourth, Seann Walsh seventh, Rob Beckett eighth, Rich Hall tenth and Shappi Khorsandi in eleventh.
For full listings of all current tours, featuring these artists and more, please check our tour listings page here.
Mark triumphed on the night ahead of stiff competition and received the highly prestigious award for his weekly column in the Independent and i.
Previous winners have included Caitlin Moran, Peter Oborne and Matthew Parris.
A live recording of Mark Steel's most recent tour, recorded at Blackheath Halls in February 2014 in front of a sell-out crowd, is available for digital download now from Laughing Stock. The tour continues through autumn 2014 in new towns - for full dates click here.
Click here to download the video now.
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Following his highly acclaimed, Sony Award winning and Writers Guild Award winning Radio 4 comedy show Mark Steel’s In Town, writer and stand-up comedian Mark Steel is back on the road.
Bringing an element of Mark Steel’s In Town to each live show on this tour, means Mark will write material shedding light on the quirkiness and interesting aspects of every town and city he visits, allowing each show to be unique – something local audiences up and down the Country will devour and enjoy.
Mark Steel says of his recent Radio 4 local knowledge experiences: ‘In the North Yorkshire farming town of Skipton, I told the audience I’d seen a sign for Keighley, and wondered whether that was Skipton’s rival town. It went chillingly quiet and one woman called out with calm menace “Keighley – is a sink of evil”.’
As well as Skipton there was the Isle of Portland in Dorset, where schoolkids are given detention for saying ‘rabbit’ as the word is considered unlucky, and where a member of the audience threw a missile at the suggestion it might be said. Then there was rebellious Lewes, and downtrodden Merthyr Tydfil, where the theatre manager was asked what time the show started, and when he replied was told ‘Oh that’s a shame. I won’t be able to come to that as I’ll be drunk by then.’
And there was Boston, whose complaint that it’s been unfairly labelled as a ‘chav’ town seems compromised by the shop in its High Street called ‘It Must be Stolen’.
So as the armies unleashed by Tescos, chain stores, and assorted call centres continue in their effort to make everywhere miserably identical, I come with a mission to save civilisation. I have visited the new money Cheshire town of Wilmslow, residence of the Rooneys and assorted footballers, where a card in the Post Office window, that you might expect to say ‘Pram for Sale’, said ‘Ring me if you need a butler.’
Mark is committed to performing a routine about the history of every town he’ll perform in. However, he may regret making this promise.
As well as Mark Steel’s In Town, Mark has presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s Newsquiz. He’s written several, acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going On and he writes a weekly column for The Independent.
‘He’s a man with a passionate desire to communicate his ideas, who is also very funny’ – The Guardian
‘Steel’s rapier wit cuts to the chase’ – The Observer
‘Excellent standup’ – The Times