Tom Rosenthal: благодаря! (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Tom Rosenthal: благодаря!

A memorable, self-mocking return

Two years ago, Tom Rosenthal made an impressive Fringe debut with Child of Privilege. About halfway through that hour, he deliberately broke the show’s natural flow with a sequence which could best be described as ‘interior darts monologue’. For his return (the title translates as ‘thank you’ in Bulgarian and given that the Fringe office nearly broke the internet when trying to find the correct characters, we’ll leave it at that), he pulls off a similar trick with a bit that could cautiously be dubbed ‘gargoyle’.

The self-deprecatory Rosenthal (given what he has to say about his own nose and voice, it’s a wonder he manages to get up in the morning), delivers a show about his mildly worrying adventures in Eastern Europe while filming ITV2 sitcom Plebs(again, he takes a swipe at himself for being on that channel).

Like a young Mark Watson, he packs in a very high degree of laughs per minute whether it’s about the perils of playing Football Manager or the later career of the person who came up with calzone.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 8.15pm, £9–£12 (£8–£10.50).

Tom Rosenthal - благодаря

  • 4 stars

Phil McIntyre Entertainments. Tom Rosenthal (Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner, ITV2's Plebs, his mirror) was nominated for Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards. He has done televised comedy on a stage (Dave's One Night Stand) and behind a table (8 out of 10 Cats). He went to Bulgaria and changed a bit. Let him tell…