Tom Goodliffe – Original Review | Review by Steve Bennett

Tom Goodliffe – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2008

Review by Steve Bennett

Newcomer Tom Goodliffe is self-assured and comfortable in his persona of a middle-class Home Counties chap, with a well-spoken eloquence that serves him well in stand-up, less so on the terraces of Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

He’s skilled at dropping into accents to illustrate his tales, too, whether it be his no-nonsense father or loutish lads. He also employs the now-common technique of attempting to talk street, even though slang sits awkwardly on such mild-mannered lips.

But while the performance is exemplary, there’s little of substance or distinction behind it. From that self-aware rapping to showing us some ridiculous books on seduction, Robin Ince-style, there’s no routine that he could say was unmistakeably ‘him’.

Review date: 20 Oct 2008
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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