Since joining KYGO 98.5FM’s morning show in Denver, Colorado, two years ago, Steve McGrew (aka “Mudflap”) along with co-presenters Kelly Ford and Jonathan Wilde, has really made his mark on radio: – CMA Broadcast Personalities Of The Year 2002; Radio & Record Magazine’s award for Best Morning Personalities; ACM award for Best Morning Show; they have recently been nominated as Large Market Personality of The Year in 2004 NAB Marconi Radio Awards.
Steve comes from an unconventional background. He was a cartoonist for the Houston Chronicles but knew early on that comedy was in his blood and would manifest itself in one way or another. He found that drawing cartoons was not nearly expressive enough for his exuberent personality and ventured onto the stage at an amatuer night in a Houston comedy club in 1979…”So I went up and made fun of my ex-wife. That was easy.” He soon became a fixture at Houston’s Comedy Workshop where Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks launched their careers.
He is a veteran of virtually every cable comedy show, including A&E’s Evening at the Improv, Nashville Network’s Crook and Chase, Showtime’s Comedy Club Network and Comedy All Stars, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, TNN’s Nashville Now, Music City Tonight and Funny Business, Comedy on the Road from London, VH-1’s Stand-Up, Stand-Up and MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Show. A Star Search semi-finalist, Steve’s fast paced, unconventional style also earned him a spot on the Showtime Special Full Frontal Comedy.
Having lived on the road since 1986, Steve has opened for many singing performers and comedy acts, including Dolly Parton, Billy Crystal, The Beach Boys, B.B. King, Billy Ocean, Chicago and Huey Lewis. While observing that performing Stand-Up comedy is considerably less expensive than therapy, three-time-divorced Steve bases his show on everyday life. “I’m very politically incorrect. For example, a stewardess’s butt should be smaller than the aisle. We have rules, and that’s one that should be followed…”
In the last few years, Steve has worked in the UK on many occasions. He has made numerous club appearances and television credits including Des O’Conner Tonight ITV Network and Live At Jongleurs for both ITV Network and UK Gold. He recorded his own one hour Comedy Special which premiered on Boxing Day ’99 on UK Gold. Most recently, he appeared on The World Stands Up which airs in The UK & Eire (Paramount), Australia (Comedy Channel) and the USA (Comedy Central).
Described as a “Redneck on acid” by Newsweek Magazine, Steve signed a major devlopment deal with Disney to create a sitcom based around his stage persona. Following his much acclaimed debut at the Montreal Comedy Festival where he appeared on one of the televised Just For Laughs Galas, he headlined an extensive Just For Laughs tour of Canada the following year.
“Hundreds of comedians have passed through Huntsville in the past 20 years, but none is more original time after time than Steve McGrew. He can make your sides split and eyes tear up for hours on end. And his show seems new each time.” The Huntsville Times
“Loud, funny and surprisingly insightful”. The Chicago Sunday Times
“Steve is what comedy should be. Funny”. The Rocky Mountain Times
“Killer”. Jerry Lee Lewis.”Steve’s performance was fantastic. Our audience could not stop talking about it.” Kenneth A. Tatsch, President, United States Dog Agility Association, Inc.
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