Sunday 19 October 2014 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm

OTS - Viv Groskop

OTS - Viv Groskop

Sunday 19 October 2014
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Foundry, SU Building
Off the Shelf - Festival of Words presents Viv Groskop - I Laughed, I Cried How One Woman Took on Stand-Up and (Almost) Ruined Her Life. Doors open at 7pm.

Sheffield's Annual Festival of Words

Welcome to the 23rd Off the Shelf Festival of Words, one of the most exciting book festivals in the UK attracting some of the best known names in literature and media. This is the word as live as it gets – no retakes, no second chances – it’s all of the moment. Savour the chance to meet the writers and thinkers who have created the books you love and immerse yourself in the flow of words and ideas.

It’s our biggest ever festival, with more than 200 events, including 40 with community groups from across the city. Plus some pre-festival tasters and some post-festival specials to enjoy. There is also a truly international strand with guests from Jamaica, Cuba, Sweden and the Czech Republic as well as a celebration of literature from a little closer to home with a ‘dawn to dusk’ Dylan Thomas day to mark the Centenary of Wales’ greatest poet.

We are grateful to all our sponsors especially Platinum Sponsor Civica and Arts Council England. We also want to thank our audiences for their fantastic support. Please join us again this year and be part of the inspirational and thought provoking adventure that is Off the Shelf.


Viv was fed up, recession-scarred and pushing forty.  She always wanted to be a comedian. But surely that’s not advisable if you have a mortgage, three children and a husband who is not a fan of stand-up?

With no time to waste, Viv attempts the mother of all comedy marathons: 100 gigs in 100 nights. Sometimes the audience laughs. Often they don’t.  Along the way she is heckled, flattered, hated, hit on and told that she is “not as funny as Miranda.”

Described by Jo Brand as “brilliant”, this is is a laugh-out loud, inspirational memoir about having the guts to find out what you were really meant to do with your life.  Viv will be performing the stand up show based on the book which played at the Edinburgh Festival.

Thank you for your interest in this year’s Off The Shelf festival. We’re interested in encouraging more people like you to come to Sheffield and experience the fantastic festivals, cultural venues and events on offer here- as well as enjoy the great hospitality the city has available.

Therefore, we would like to find out about you and what you think about Off The Shelf.  We'd be really thrilled if you could take part in a short online survey, conducted in accordance with Market Research Society guidelines, to tell us about how we can improve on your visitor experience in the future.

If you complete the survey you’ll also have a chance to win a £10 book token kindly donated by Off The Shelf, so all you have to do is follow the link to the survey here (it should only take you 10mins to complete) .


All your responses will of course be treated confidentially.

Many thanks for your help.

Sheffield Culture Consortium.



OTS - Viv Groskop