Viv Groskop

Viv Groskop is a writer, broadcaster and stand-up comedian.

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Comedy genius, rule-breaker, studio mogul: will we ever see a British Lucille Ball?

Lucille Ball is the inspiration for a new generation of female comedians and Nick Hornby's latest novel, as Viv Groskop explains
Prize poet: Alexander Pushkin

Are you Tolstoy or Dostoevsky?

The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize aims to bring the UK and Russia closer together. Judge Viv Groskop sets the scene

Flourishing view: The festival is on a mission to celebrate the timeless bliss of getting lost in a book

2014 Independent Bath Literature Festival: A rapturous return to the happy valley

This year’s Independent Bath Literature Festival boasts a stellar line-up – and is on a mission to celebrate the timeless bliss of getting lost in a book

Sugar, I've filed for divorce: What happened when sweet-toothed Viv Groskop swore off 'the most dangerous drug of the times'?

I have been dieting on and off over the years, but sugar always creeps back in. I find wrappers in my handbag from stuff I’d forgotten I’d bought, let alone eaten

Book Review: This is the story of a happy marriage, By Ann Patchett

It’s not news that Ann Patchett is a great writer. Bel Canto won the Orange Prize in 2002 and two other novels (The Magician’s Assistant and State of Wonder) have been shortlisted. What is news is that she is a fascinating person, who has led a strange and rather wonderful life both as a writer and in other incarnations, all documented here in glorious novelistic detail.

Mad about the girl: The enduring appeal of Bridget Jones

How has a character who started life as a newspaper column gone on to become a global brand? As the latest book in the Bridget Jones franchise is about to be published, Viv Groskop looks back at her own relationship with an enduring cultural icon for answers…

Want a laugh? Wimmin are just the ticket

This year's Edinburgh festival is a good place to start

Praying for laughs: Viv Groskop on the funny women who inspired her own stand-up career

Why would a well-balanced, perfectly sane woman approaching middle age suddenly decide to become a stand-up comedian? And why would she then subject herself to playing 100 gigs in 100 nights? Blame the women who paved the way: the TV comedy goddesses of an earlier age.

Stay strong, Jimmy Carr - I've been heckled too

Stand-up comedy is turning into a battleground, and you need to have your weapons at the ready

Beyonce, Betty Friedan, and the female mystique myth 50 years on

I can't see the Gender-Blindness movement catching on soon, but I so wish it would

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By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
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But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat