He’s suffered for his poetry for many a year; now it’s your turn as Scotland’s funniest, angriest, sharpest, most sarcastic wordsmith returns to the Fringe this August.
Prepare yourself for an hour of dazzling Weltschmerz, satirical verse and anarchic wit with the 2006 World Slam Champion, BBC Radio 4 regular and walking shortbread tin Elvis McGonagall as he bellows into the void of our post-truth world. Fake news. Artisanal novichok. Piers Morgan. Yes, the good ship lollipop is sailing down the shitter. Climb aboard with Elvis as he spits his scurrilous diatribes against the powers that be. The twat. Tempted? Nah - me neither. And his cats are completely disinterested. I’ll be in the bar.
After that World Slam triumph, Elvis appeared on the first ever edition of BBC Radio 4's Sony Gold Award winning Saturday Live in 2006 and has featured on the programme regularly since then. Two series of his sitcom Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and he can often be heard on many other Radio 4 programmes including Today, Arthur Smith's Balham Bash, A Good Read, Recycled Radio, Archive on 4, Off The Page, Material World, Last Word, Pick of the Week and The Wondermentalist Cabaret as well as BBC World Service’s Weekend .He also wrote and presented the BBC Radio 4 documentaries A Doggerel Bard and Beacons and Blue Remembered Hills.
On TV, Elvis has been seen on BBC1's The One Show, BBC2's The Culture Show and (despite knowing nothing much about snooker) their coverage of the World Snooker Championship Final and on Channel 4's Random Acts.
Elvis performs live at literary and music festivals, comedy clubs and dodgy dives up and down the country and abroad. He is the compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club, regularly MC's events here, there and everywhere and also performs with his band Elvis McGonagall & The Resurrectors, “an unholy marriage of radical stand-up poetry and Caledonian punky-skiffle-hillbilly-blues”.
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