Essential Tom Stade: 12 Nights Only! (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Essential Tom Stade: 12 Nights Only!

Likeable re-run of old ideas

Remember Tom Stade’s early bit on Chinese casinos? How about the incendiary ‘Meat Van Guy’ sketch that broke him on McIntyre’s Road Show? If you loved these skits first time round and want to relive them, you’re in luck: Tom Stade is playing his ‘Essential’ material for 12 nights only.

The jokes remain pretty fresh – a few rape and domestic abuse punchlines don’t sit so well with the current feminist revival (not least in Assembly Rooms’ own Fringe programme), but Stade’s gregarious, half-drunk persona quickly drowns out any negative undertones. Besides, even the great Bill Hicks spent much of his career refining the same material show after show.

The question that remains unanswered is why Stade, a still-working comic who’s garnered good reviews for new material over the past two years at the Fringe, has opted to perform a greatest hits show now? Is it, as he claims, because ‘some ringpiece comic’ pulled out at the last minute and he’s doing someone a favour? Or perhaps two solid years of touring have left him without time to develop a new show? Could the post-show flyers advertising his impending debut DVD release have something to do with reminding people why they found him so funny in the first place?

We suspect it could be a combination of all of the above.

The Assembly Rooms, 0131 226 0000, until Aug 25, £15 (£13) .

Essential Tom Stade: 12 Nights Only!

  • 3 stars

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