Viv Groskop is a writer, stand-up comedian and presenter. I Laughed, I Cried (Orion), her 2013 memoir about her journey from journalist to stand-up comedian by doing 100 gigs in 100 consecutive nights, received rave reviews: “heroic” (Times), “hilarious” (The Independent), “frankly psychotic” (Mail on Sunday). On television she appears regularly on BBC2‘s Newsnight, BBC1 Breakfast and Sky News paper review. She’s a popular fixture on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, Woman’s Hour, Front Row, Saturday Live and Saturday Review. Described as having “the perfect playful intelligence”, her documentary on Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde was the most popular item on 4 on Four in summer 2016.
An award-winning columnist and interviewer, she is known as one of the UK’s most prolific commentators and arts reviewers. She has contributed to dozens of publications across her two decades as a freelancer but writes mainly for the Guardian and Observer. She is currently a stand-in columnist at the Mail on Sunday (for Rachel Johnson) and at Sunday Times Style (for Claudia Winkleman).
In 2012 Viv was a Maestro Impro winner and Funny Women finalist and has since performed sold-out five star one-woman shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Viv was the Artistic Director at the Bath Literature Festival from 2017 to 2015, is well-known as an interviewer on the festival circuit and hosted Graham Norton’s 2016 book tour.