Tom Parry: Parryoke!
- Suzanne Black
- 4 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Precision planned nonsense
The word 'ineffable' gets bandied about but, honestly, to describe Tom Parry's stand-up is an exercise in making the magical seem mundane. A member of fêted comedy troupe Pappy's, now a solo comic who earned a Best Newcomer Nomination in 2015, Parry's shenanigans are renowned for being precision-planned nonsense. He has some staples – such as his yellow t-shirt and his propensity to take it off at the slightest provocation – and some additions to his repertoire: playground games, unflattering photos and best man speeches pop up this time.
The karaoke of the title is present, although not at all in the form you would expect. Parryoke is a good description of his style. Like a symphony he returns to themes and motifs, calling back to earlier elements with an elaborate story or a just a momentary gesture. That makes it sound esoteric and abstract. It's not. The references are all drawn from the same well: thirtysomething Brits with a healthy dose of nostalgia form the target demographic.
There is a slight misstep in his attempt to end the show with a takeaway lesson. The lesson here should be that, in our Brexit-blighted times, it's ok to just laugh yourself silly for an hour.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 13), 6pm, £9.50–£12.50 (£8.50–£11.50).