"One of the funniest people I know. Defeated me in the Hackney Empire competition and I never got over it..."
Winner of the Hackney Empire Act of the Year 2008 Competition (national competition)
Finalist Amused Moose LaughOff nation-wide ‘Star search’ 2007 (national competition)
Finalist Comedy Café New Act of the Year 2007 (London-based competition)
‘Reminiscent of Matt Lucas’ Chortle
‘a bright future’ The Evening Standard
Standup Comedy: over 1500 live shows, including:
The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, The Glee Club, Amused Moose, Laughing Horse, The Boat Show, Festivals (Edinburgh Fringe, Leeds, Reading, The Big Chill, Latitude) and many more.
Media: Tonightly - Channel 4, 2008 - acting role, BBC3 - sitcom pilot - ‘Sunnymead’ - acting role, Channel 5 News - presenter’s friend, Channel 5 – contributor (various), Sky News – live news review, BBC News 24 - live news review, TalkSport - monthly show – presenter, BBC Radio 4 - Front Row (writer and live contributor)
Writing: various (including BBC including Mock the Week, Channel 4 and Channel 5)
Edinburgh and theatre: Cyclo-analysis (a play - 2004) - Steve starred in (Professor Edmund Van Halen) and co-wrote a play which ran for one month. It was meant to be serious. It was received as comedy slapstick.
Steve Weiner is a skilled caricaturist, able to recreate a bunch of everyday archetypes as raucously funny comic grotesques, yet keep them grounded in astutely observed reality. What sets him apart from other newcomers is his skill at capturing the essence of the characters, with just an exaggerated expression or simple turn of phrase, giving each of them his own distinctive twist, rather than simply following the stereotypical templates. It’s a skill that’s reminiscent of Matt Lucas, but with a freshness that Little Britain lost with over-saturated exposure.