Comedians | Anvil Springstein
Born in Liverpool, Anvil left school with no educational qualifications whatsoever - and seeing a future of limited job prospects, promptly ran away to sea. After seven years before the mast, surviving hurricanes, typhoons, tempests,tornadoes... and the odd sunny afternoon, Anvil washed ashore off the coast of Portugal and spent the next two years living in a tent whilst traveling around Europe: "No rent, no council tax, no bills... fantastic... oh yeah... and very wet".
Bored with culture and damp clothing, Anvil returned to jolly old England and "blagged" the first of two further education grants: "I loved being a student..." says Anvil, "...saved so much money on soap!" Does he have any 'tips' for future University students leaving home for the first time? "Yeah... get yer mam to buy you one of these 'indicator toothbrushes' and throw it in the bath. After a few months, when the colour runs out, it's time to clean the bath!"
Following his degree, Anvil fell into various "dead end jobs; Barman, Social Worker, Journalist, Teacher etc'." It was at this low ebb in his life that Anvil, out walking, decided to toss a coin: "Stay in teaching? Or follow a career in stand-up comedy and writing?" Fortunately, for students nationwide at least, comedy won out: 'I remember it was a sunny day. I tossed this old fifty pence piece so high I couldn't see it... I was looking up squinting, mouth agape, when it returned to earth - lodging in my windpipe. The ambulance driver said he'd never laughed so much in his life - so did the nurse, the doctor, my GP, my family & friends, my dog, my bathroom... everybody! The biggest career decision in my life - and it only cost me fifty pee!"
And the rest as Anvil says, is algebra. (We think he meant to say 'history')
T.V. Appearances Include:
Channel 4's 'The Word'.
Tyne Tees 'Thank You & Good Night'.
TTTV's 'Paris Special'.
BBC's 'Northern Life' & 'Pick of the Week'.
A TTTV documentary on the history of northern comedy: 'Running Joke's'.
Yorkshire T.V.'s 'East-Coast Mainline'.
Ipso Facto Productions (for Tyne Tee's):
'I Wish He Was My Dad!'. Yorkshire
T.V.'s 'The Richard Whiteley Show'.
Channel 5's 'Espresso' (Meridian).
Radio Telefis Eireann's 'The End'.
'House of Fun' (Meridian).
Action Time's 'Net Dot Com' (for Carlton).
Channel 4's 'Absolutely True'. Granada s The Big Story .
Radio Appearances Include:
Radio 5 Live': 'After Midnight'.
Radio 4's P.M. (current affairs).
BBC Radio Newcastle: 'The Afternoon Show'.
BBC Radio Cleveland: 'The Budget Programme'.
Radio 2's 'The Judi Spiers Show' (co-host).
'The Paddy Kielty Almost Live Show' for BBC (Northern Ireland).
'Net Dot Comedy' for OnDigital.
"East Coast Mainline' for Yorkshire TV.
Anvil Springstien has performed extensively in the U.K. & the Republic of Ireland and Europe for over 15
years and is available now for bookings in 2003/2004.