Tom Canty

Tom Canty

Finalist in the 2008 Laughing Horse new act competition
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Tom Canty – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2008

Review by Steve Bennett

Newcomer Tom Canty doesn’t seem at all at home on the stage, coming across as stilted and nervous. It’s an awkwardness that ill-suits his jokes, which sail very close to the wind.

When you’re covering such standard bad-taste territory as rape, disabilities and abortion, you need a ballsy swagger – not an almost apologetic air. And because he doesn’t appear comfortable with his own material, neither do the audience, meaning the harsh one-liners fall on stony ground. His chatty, more natural material goes down better – but there isn’t so much of that.

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Published: 19 May 2008


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