Inel Tomlinson at the 2010 Hackney Empire new act final

Note: This review is from 2010

Review by Corry Shaw

Inel Tomlinson strutted onto stage with the confidence of a pro and gave the most assured, polished and natural performance of the night. He has a Def Comedy Jam style of delivery but his material has a strong British flavour.

Tomlinson is walking proof there is no such thing as a hack topic as long as it is approached in a new way. His observations are inspired and original even when dealing with some of the most tired subjects in comedy. He seamlessly links between ATMs, Ryanair and night buses bringing something exciting to each topic.

He engages with the crowd and at no point does his banter feel forced or padded. Definitely one to watch, and a worthy second-placed act.

Review date: 31 Jan 2010
Reviewed by: Corry Shaw
Reviewed at: Hackney Empire

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