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A new A-Z for Liverpool

Comedy history of Liverpool is as easy as ABC. So brush up on it with Steve Gribbin

Published on June 15th 2007.

A new A-Z for Liverpool

WHERE are you likely to hear Adolf Hitler, vikings, the world’s first rail death, theatre riots, slavery, trad jazz and a cholera heroine all mentioned in one place?

Daivid Charters' column in the Daily Post? Wrong. Try Steve Gribbin’s new comic history of Liverpool, From Adolf To The Zutons.

Co-written with Liverpool's favourite Northern Irish hack, the fast talking Paddy Hoey, Gribbin marks the 800th birthday of the city with a wry look at the figures and events that helped make Liverpool what it is today: the home of the Scouse pastie.

One part history lecture and five parts stand-up, Gribbin will show how socially ambitious Vikings laid the foundations for Liverpool to become the second city of the Britsh Empire and gateway to the New World.

Step into a land where where men were paid to dig tunnels for no reason (no change there then) where the police used to go on strike, and where Bootle used to control the designer mineral water market

Along the way hear an updated version of The Leaving of Liverpool, a rap to celebrate City of Culture and Barry Manilow’s take on slavery.

Says Paddy: We want to perform From Adolf To The Zutons again and again and perhapsturn it into a Potteresque franchise, so, support from the outset would be great. People keep mentioning 2008 in connection to this, we have no idea why.

From Adolf To The Zutons promises to be one of the best shows at this year’s Comedy Festival, say the organisers. Tickets are only a fiver, so show them you care by turning up at 8.30pm, on Thursday at the Performance Room, Sefton Street, (opposite) the Yacht Club.

Tel: 0870 787 1866 to book now.

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