Tom Basden

Tom Basden

Date of birth: 30-11-1980
Tom Basden, a former vice-president of the Cambridge Footlights, is a member of the four-man sketch group Cowards who made his solo Edinburgh debut in 2007 with his musical comedy show Tom Basden Won't Say Anything, which won the if.comedy best newcomer award and was nominated for the following year's Chortle award for best show. He was also nominated for the Chortle best breakthrough award in 2008.

He has written and performed on several TV and radio comedy shows, including Jam & Jerusalem (BBC1), Hyperdrive (BBC2), The Milk Run (Radio 1) and the Cowards’ Radio 4 series.

Basden also performs in a two-man act called Freeze with fellow Cowards member Tim Key.

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Comedians join Ricky Gervais's After Life

Kerry Godliman, Diane Morgan and more in Netflix series

Diane Morgan and Kerry Godliman are to star alongside Ricky Gervais in his Netflix comedy After Life, Chortle can reveal.

Tom Basden and Sean McLoughlin also have roles in the six-part series, in which writer-director Gervais plays a man who becomes suicidal after the death of his wife but decides to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes.

Filming begins this month in London, with Basden telling Arthur Smith on Radio 4 Extra's Comedy Club that 'I'm playing Ricky's character's brother-in-law. It’s really interesting. It's quite dark.'

Godliman previously appeared alongside Gervais in his Channel 4 care home sitcom Derek, while Philomena Cunk star Morgan and Plebs creator Basden appeared in the 2016 David Brent movie: Life On The Road.

McLoughlin supported Gervais on his recent Humanity tour, and is a regular guest on The  Office creator’s Sirius XM podcast, where news of his involvement was revealed.

Gervais will executive produce After Life with Charlie Hanson, who previously worked with him on Derek and Extras. The first production meeting was held last week, as Gervais tweeted:

After Life continues his affiliation with Netflix, which distributed Life on the Road and Humanity as a special, as well as his film Special Correspondents. The streaming giant also has the rights to his next live show SuperNature.

The company is pushing for more UK productions and is opening a  London office in September, from which it will commission programmes. It is thought to be planning an in-house production hub, too.

- by Jay Richardson

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Published: 13 Jun 2018

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2006


Edinburgh Fringe 2007


Tom Basden Won't Say Anything

Edinburgh Fringe 2008

Cowards [2008]



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