Tom Wrigglesworth (2 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Tom Wrigglesworth

Robotic set from Kitson soundalike

This nervously smiling beanpole from Sheffield laments that 'sometimes in life there's nothing comedic to report'. Unfortunately a good deal of his material homes right in on those less than hilarious moments: his credit card company mistakenly blocking his account, kids on the bus playing music too loud or that holiday where the car insurance was a total rip-off. Rather than magically twisting the petty irritations of everyday life into comedy gold - as his soundalike Daniel Kitson might do - Wrigglesworth (who gets laughs when he describes himself as having 'the face of Postman Pat and body of Peter Crouch') is reminding his crowd why they came in the first place; to forget about those pain-in-the-bum moments and hopefully, get a sore tummy from laughing instead.

His 'comically right-wing granny' and that time he soiled himself in Bangkok prop up weaker stretches of his set, but Wrigglesworth - whose surname would slot in very nicely to an episode of Postman Pat - struggles to show us the funny side of it all.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 12), 6pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).

Tom Wrigglesworth

  • 2 stars

Complaints about the little things could do with more funnies, in this new show from the Kitson sound-a-like. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.


1. Festival Junkie15 Apr 2009, 11:48pm Report

What does it matter what he sounds like? Surely it's the words that count. You diminish Wrigglesworth's efforts by this lazy shorthand description. Come to Yorkshire - there's thousands of people who sound like Kitson. If Wrigglesworth owes anything to fellow Yorkshire funnymen, a better comparison would be with the gentler, more whimsical perfomances of Graham Fellows' John Shuttleworth or Jake Thackray and even then he is still very much his own comedian. This was in no way a 2* show and this review is misleading.

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