Melt It! The Book of the Iceman

Co-created with the Iceman himself, my second volume of comedy history (after You Are Nothing) is about a true legend of the fringe. Get it now from Go Faster Stripe.

“I am so glad this book exists … another of Wringham’s essential mini-masterpieces” — Stewart Lee

Melt It! is absolutely ace” — Dr. Oliver Double


The Iceman has an unusual comedy act. He melts large blocks of ice. He does this while punning his way through ice-based monologues. A plastic duck lingers in a trough beneath an overflow pipe, interminably waiting to be lifted by meltwater.

Alone with his props and a persistent vision, the Iceman (real name Anthony Irvine) played the most important venues in alternative comedy through the 1980s and ’90s. He appeared on television, in a feature film, and on the radio, all with the singular mission of melting ice that, as some have pointed out, would have melted anyway.

56 numbered Polaroids–all that remains of the Iceman’s blocks–are presented here in thrilling instamatic colour, an attempt at unlikely immortality.

Find out what the Iceman was thinking. Hear where he came from and what happened when he vanished. What are “ghost blocks” and who is “the Blockless One”? These questions and more are finally answered in this unique pictorial interview with the legend that is THE ICEMAN!


The Iceman Gets Exposure. Chortle news item.

Iceman reveals all in new book. British Comedy Guide news item.

A chat with Ginger Beard Mark:

An encounter with Richard Herring:

A very funny interview with John Fleming and my response to it at New Escapologist.


I’m so proud of this book. It took just five months to bring it all together, from interviewing the Iceman at Battersea Arts Centre to getting the first proofs physically in my hands.

As well as my essay and the interview, there’s a wealth of colour pictures, a foreword by Simon Munnery and an afterword by Stewart Lee. It’s nothing less than an act of love, a beautiful comedy publishing event, and a fine example of ancestor worship. Buy it, read it, melt it.