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Viv Groskop: Anchorwoman

at The Stand, Edinburgh

* * * - -

Enjoyable show illustrates the prevalence of fake news and gives us something to smile about

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Note: This review is from the 2017 Fringe

Viv Groskop warmly greets each audience member as they enter the room for her show Anchorwoman. It’s a lovely way to start a show and the antithesis of the afraid-you’ll-be-heckled feeling of some comedy shows.

Groskop’s show is a reference to her childhood ambition to become an anchorwoman and her actual career as a print journalist. This show takes in everything from Trump, fake news, Twitter spats, and the Whitehall cats.

Groskop is a very watchable entertainer and she delivers this show, unsurprisingly after that welcome, with a real warmth and you can sense that she really loves what she does. The format of the show feels a little like a series of BuzzFeed articles – not a bad thing – as we’re quizzed on true/fake news stories, given a list of light-relief local news stories and given the low down on a celebrity Twitter spat.

This personal story about a Twitter spat with Piers Morgan is one of the highlights of the show, being both very funny and having a satisfying level of revenge at the end of the tale. It displays Groskop’s personal politics and her take-no-shit attitude, something that we definitely could have seen more of.

Other elements of the show are just not as funny, including a fair few mentions of Donald Trump.Of course, it’s hard to talk about modern politics without referencing him a little but Groskop is far funnier when she’s sharing personal anecdotes than trying to make jokes about the unpopular President – he’s just too easy.

The show highlights the prevalence of fake news and our desire to believe the unbelievable when sharing fake stories and Groskop does a good job of tying all the elements of the show together and giving us a satisfyingly funny and happy ending. This is an enjoyable show from a talented performer.


Hannah is an arts and festival worker based in Edinburgh. She spends her spare time reading, learning to code and hanging upside down on the trapeze, silks and aerial hoop. She also likes food, cats, roller-skating and science.

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