Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am? (3 stars)

This article is from 2015.

Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am?

The story of a life with a little bit of politics

The left-wing, anti-Tory, pro-Corbyn Mark Steel promises that his show is not about politics before launching into rabble-rousing invective about the current government. This is followed by a critique of 70s and 80s politics littered with references that would be unfamiliar to most of those under 40. Next up is a contrarily specific bit about south London that only a small percentage of the Edinburgh audience understands. The reason for this material eventually become clear as Who Do I Think I Am? concerns Steel’s quest to find the birth parents who gave him up for adoption in 1960 and the impact of resultant revelations on his self-identity.

Steel is a professional. His delivery is assured, his political rants calculated to inspire camaraderie with an arts festival crowd. The story is well-constructed, with the seemingly confusing preoccupation with 1970s capitalists and south London locations making sense in the end.
The events of his life were even kind enough to partially take place in Dunkeld so that Steel can throw in some Scottish references. Gifted with a genuinely interesting life story, he succeeds in conveying the fascinating way that truth can be stranger than fiction but a lack of emotional vulnerability makes it difficult to relate.

Assembly George Square Studios, 623 3030, until 30 Aug (not 17), 8.15pm, £13–£14 (£12–£13).

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1. Elizabeth Ann Farrah-Atkin15 Aug 2015, 9:26pm Report

Mark steel is one of the best comedians l have ever seeen. I was fortunate to meet him , over in newcastle in 2013. I made the trip not because l love his comedy. I wanted to meet this genuis of a man face to face and l did just that. My other reason was. I had earlier on in that year overcome a life saving operation, to which l was told l would not makei it, so they thought.when you survive something like that, you want to do everything you can in life, l wanted to meet mark and l did. I met him after the shoe, had l had gone to see hom on my own, when l met hom, not just because he is so good looking, l wrnt eeak at the knees. I came out with all sorts of gobbledegook. I wanted to talk politics with him. Never mind next time. Mark is a very clever man l admire this satirist comedian, he sings from the same hymm sheet as me. Anything to slag off the tories is agreat msn in my ya mark. Elizabeth xxxxxxxx

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