A comedy show about self-help in the coming age of President Oprah Winfrey from the star of BBC1’s This Week, BBC Radio 4’s It’s Just a Joke, Comrade, Front Row regular and agony aunt for The Pool.

Tuesday 17 July @ 9pm

The Back Room of The Star Inn

In this age of reinvention, middle class apologist, Oprah-worshipping self-help addict and the Guardian’s Poldark ‘chestwatch’ correspondent, Groskop shares her attempts to be the best possible version of herself. After reading self-help books since the age of 9, she asks why self- improvement is so hard and if there should come a time when you just give up and accept you are not that great a human being.

Groskop is a fervent enemy of the avocado, a Big Hair Owner (TM), Strictly Come Dancing superfan, a laissez-faire parent of three children aged between seven and 14 and lives in London. Her book,I Laughed, I Cried: How One Woman Took On Stand-Up and (Almost) Ruined Her Life reached no. 1 on the Amazon Comedy bestseller chart and was one of the Independent’s comedy books of the year.

Groskop is a comedian, writer, TV critic and resident agony aunt for Dear Viv at The Pool. A fluent Russian speaker, she is also a columnist on The New European and comment writer for theGuardian.


‘Fresh and exciting’ Sara Pascoe

‘Inventive and hilarious’ Lucy Porter

‘Viv Groskop positively sparkles on stage’ ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com

‘Brilliantly witty’ Time Out

‘Viv is brilliant’ Jo Brand

‘Her relaxed and charming manner is completely compelling’ ★★★★ Chortle.co.uk

‘Flawless easy… witty, clever, observant’ ★★★★★ EdinburghFestival.org


By Guildford Fringe Festival

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