Tom Stade: What Year Was That? (3 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Tom Stade: What Year Was That?

Whimsy and shock humour make for easy, if not entirely guilt-free, laughs

Gripping the mic, MC-style, Stade is a salty Everyman. Saying what no one else dares say and with much better timing, he’s the buddy your wife fancies but doesn’t want around. There are a few misses, but gags about marriage, famine and national pride are good targets, and his naked whimsy coupled with shock humour make for easy, if not entirely guilt-free, laughs.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 28 Aug (not 15), 9pm, £10.50–£12 (£9–£10.50).

Tom Stade: What Year Was That?

  • 3 stars

Direct from a sell out UK tour. Star of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Stand Up for the Week and Tramadol Nights. Gloriously funny ★★★★★ (Scotsman). ‘Stand up elite’ ★★★★ (Chortle). ‘Sublime. Wonderfully imaginative, original and hilarious’ (Rhod Gilbert).


1. The Gill12 Aug 2011, 11:05am Report

It was just depressing. Why? Because he is clearly a talented comic. I really laughed once or twice and he had an ongoing dialogue with a member of the audience that worked really well.

Which makes the following all the more disappointing.
1. He looked and sounded half drunk, slurring his way through the first 10 minutes. My £10.50 deserves better than that.
2. I'm not generally bothered by swearing. I am bothered when the swearing is the gag. Too much just makes me think his material isn't strong enough by itself.
3. Maybe I'm a bit old-fashioned, but starving African children dying with AIDS and abusing young children?

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