Old Gate offers oasis of fun to beat the blues

Steve Gribbin
Steve Gribbin

A comedian who specialises in punchy little songs with a topical edge is topping the bill at Hebden Bridge Comedy Club on Sunday.

Liverpool’s Steve Gribbin is regarded as one of the most productive acts on the circuit. He was one half of the ‘80s comedy duo Skint Video, who were at the forefront of the burgeoning “alternative comedy” scene.

After 13 years Steve went solo and now focuses on bang up-to-the-minute, short, sharp songs.

He has performed around the world and has appeared at every Glastonbury Festival for the last 20 years.

His proudest moments to date are upsetting Jim Davidson to the point where he was described on Davidson’s blog as a “Socialist Scouse ****”, and his parody song of Oasis that resulted in Noel Gallagher sending word via his management that he was really upset about it.

Comedy night organiser Rob Riley said that moving to the upstairs room at the Old Gate, Market Street, was a shrewd decision as four of the last five shows have sold out in advance. Steve and two other acts on the bill - Dana Alexander and Danny Sutcliffe - are all appearing in Hebden Bridge for the first time, while the audience will be in the familiar company of Todmorden-based Northern Irishman Martin Mor, who will act as compere for the evening.

Dana Alexander has certainly caused a stir on UK shores since arriving from her native Canada.

With a style that is both refreshing and irreverent Dana talks about everything from family to sex to culture with a down-to-earth and world sensibility.

Rob said: “Dana’s recent appearance on Russell Howard’s Good News has endeared her to British audiences and we are delighted to have Dana at The Hebden Bridge Comedy Club for the very first time.”

Manchester’s Danny Sutcliffe takes the middle spot for the evening.

Doors open at 7.45pm and the show begins at 8pm. Tickets are now on sale at £8 each, either from the Old Gate or online at www.hebdenbridgecomedy.co.uk

Further information is available by calling 07874 152338.

The next show will be on Sunday, April 14, when Martin Mor will be compere and guests will include Chris McCausland and Danny Pensive. On Sunday, May 12, acts already confirmed are Nick Doody, Iain Stirling and Steve Bugeja.