Shea and Steve’s spoof videos hit the right note



Comics who honed their talents at the University of Lincoln’s Siren FM have won national acclaim for their spoofs of hit television show X Factor.


Shea Taylor and Steve Langstaff’s parodies – which they posted on video website YouTube – have become an online sensation and earned them rave reviews in the national press.


The graduates, who became friends while studying at the University of Lincoln, have even been mentioned in celebrity gossip magazine Heat.


The sketches poke fun at the hopefuls competing to win the TV talent show, fronted by Simon Cowell.


Shea and SteveShea (24), who is originally from Derby, studied Media Production and completed a Masters Degree this summer. Steve (25), who comes from Hull, studied Journalism.


They perform as the duo Him & Me – a title which stems from their early comedy performances at Siren FM.


Shea said: “We have always wanted to do comedy - we started off at Siren, doing sketches on radio. When we finished university we continued doing sketches and recording them on my video camera. We put these X Factor sketches on YouTube, not really expecting anything from it. Then the Daily Mirror website featured them on the Editor’s Blog. It just escalated from there.”


More than 27,000 people have now viewed the parody of X Factor favourite Diana Vickers on YouTube over the last few weeks.


Shea spoofs Diana VickersShea and Steve are hoping the sudden surge of publicity will help them break into the entertainment industry. They are both based at Channel M, a local television station in Manchester.


Shea said the production skills he and Steve learnt at the University of Lincoln and Siren FM had given them a solid platform from which to launch their careers.


“Performing is what we enjoy but understanding the production side has given us the opportunity to do this,” said Shea. “We thought we were funny but it’s all about whether anybody else does. The fact this has been noticed has given us a bit of confidence.”


To see the X Factor spoof, visit