Viv Groskop: Say Sorry to the Lady
A lightly entertaining trawl through the art of apology
This article is from 2015.
Since the age of five, Viv Groskop has felt the need to apologise. Now she feels the world spends way too much time doing just that and is determined to never say sorry again, she explains apologetically. It’s easy to imagine Groskop being the heart and soul of a dinner party or holding court at the tennis club but almost impossible to see her in front of a Friday-night crowd on the comedy circuit. Still, she manages to get great laughs with some accessible stories about her life. Excessive preambles felt unnecessary as the jokes were there waiting the whole time but the effort involved in getting to them came across as laborious.
Like a good host, Groskop leads the way in an audience participation parlour game where everyone is invited to apologise or demand an apology from their neighbour or from the world in general. All great fun but somewhat dependent on everyone getting behind it; thankfully she is so good-natured and affable, who could refuse? She earns the biggest laughs here and it forms the bulk of a show that is more light entertainment than stand-up.
The Stand 4, 558 7272, until 30 Aug (not 17), 8.20pm, £8 (£7).