Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am?

Who Do I Think I Am? is an hour long rip roaring stand up performance. The show is centred around Mark's search for his biological parents which spans the course of 12 years or so.

Nobody else writes and tells jokes quite like Mark Steel and this show is really worth your time.

As a central theme it works wonders in the hands of such a capable writer and performer. Most artists would turn a story like this into an act of self discovery and of revelations, but here it's just used as a vehicle for well-crafted jokes.

By the end of it he still believes what he states at the start, nurture trumps nature in defining your personality, and that's a pretty refreshing take on the subject matter in a one man fringe show.

If you are inclined to write to the Daily Mail to complain how left wing the BBC is, this certainly isn't the show for you. Mark's not as firebrand leftie as he can be, but there is enough rants about modern life to satisfy the rebel in all of us. A few jokes will be lost on younger audience members as some gag centre around famous names from the 70s and 80s that have mostly faded from the public consciousness. So, if you don't know who Lord Lucan is you might want to have a quick glance at his Wiki before you go to the show.

Anorak level Mark Steel fans will have heard some of the material before, but he delivers it with such flare you won't mind hearing it again. He really is a master of timing and often you're lulled into forgetting that you are listening to a joke until the punch line lands. Nobody else writes and tells jokes quite like Mark Steel and this show is really worth your time.

Reviews by James W. Woe

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The Blurb

Critically acclaimed star of BBC1's Have I Got News For You and BBC Radio 4's Mark Steel's in Town, Steel makes his glorious return to Edinburgh after 19 years away from the Fringe after discovering who he really is. 'He's a man with a passionate desire to communicate his ideas, who is also very funny' (Guardian). 'Excellent stand-up' (Times). 'Steel's rapier wit cuts to the chase' (Observer).