The 1 Like Fish
Topping & Butch
Two Episodes Of MASH
At Chortle Fast Fringe 2010
Previewing his Edinburgh show
More Tom Allen videos
|At Chortle Fast Fringe 2010|
|At the Chortle Fast Fringe showcase|
Tom Allen spent several years with the National Youth Theatre before entering comedy, winning the BBC Talent New Comedy Award in 2005 and So You Think You're Funny in 2006
Tom Allen: Women! - Fringe 2009
Even having never previoulsy seen him before it is immediately obvious that Tom Allen is not going to be providing a roguish, misogynistic show about women, given that a large bunch of lilies scent the room as the crowd filters in.
Allen is a positively droll gay guy who has dedicated this years show to all the women he has loved (not in that way) and he takes us on a meandering journey through his past. And this is definitely a gentle stroll rather than a romp, despite the fact there could be some rather dark comedy fodder hidden in the fluff. There are tales of school bullies forcing him to he their boyfriend and a tempting tale about his motherís friend whose husband left her for a hooker.
But Allen never seems to want to stray away from the surface, the comedy never scratches the fabulous sheen and everything ends up rather unsurprising and uninspiring. This is not to detract from the fact that Allen is an accomplished anecdotalist, he weaves a rather enchanting spell with the timbre of his voice and the warmth of the room having a soporific effect.
Cozy and comforting. The safeness of the content assuring you that there is little that could go horribly wrong or push any boundaries.
It is a gently entertaining retrospective from a very charming host and I can see a future for Allen in light entertainment, and good luck to him. It is perhaps braver to stick to safe and comforting than it is to push boundaries in an industry where the press and public can clamour for new outrage.
|Date of live review: Sunday 23rd Aug, '09|
Review by Corry Shaw
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Tom's demeanour came across as divided between Phil/Grant Mitchell's younger brother (being folically challenged at present) entwined with Kenneth Williams. Audience enjoyed your self- deprecating manner (sounds rude!) incorporated into your act. You must have the most pronounced diction (sounds rude again!) on the comedy circuit. It contributes to your act, all the more surreal and individualistic. Which entertained the audience and a complete contrast to the other comedians on the bill.
So funny and gorgeous.Can't wait when I can go and see his stand up show.
Are you kidding me? This is the biggest pile of fucking shite I've ever seen.
So I was watching the car crash that is the TNT Show and who should come on except for this dipshit. Yeah, He's funny! Putting a normal word with a swear word and making up a definition is not talent. Oh and it's just hilarious when he uses the words "Innit" and "Bitches" all the time...
I'm watching 'Who is Tom Allen' on E4 and before this programme the answer was 'I haven't a clue' now I know the answer is 'a very very funny man'. Will look out for lots more from Tom. Genius.
Oh, so so so funny. A must-see at fringe this year. Don't miss it if you value impeccably well written and delivered comedy
Was waiting, nay hoping, for him to take off his mask and reveal himself to be funny. Never happened... Ratunta 29.11.05
Really stands out, impeccably delivered set, surely an exciting future as the material grows. Richard 10.11.05
Allen and Wrigglesworth
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Tom Allen ... And Other Short Stories
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Tom Allen: A Voyage Round My Mother
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Tom Allen: Women!
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Tom Allen Toughens Up!
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Big C: Big Comedy Gala
Tom Allen's Afternoon Tea
Misc live shows
BBC New Comedy Award Final 2005