Tom Houghton: Class Half Empty (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Tom Houghton: Class Half Empty

credit: Steve Ullathorne

How a privileged posh boy made his way in the world

While some comedy shows can feel like an exercise in Stockholm Syndrome, it's rare to be entertained by someone who's actually undergone training in kidnap survival. The wonderfully slick and terribly posh Tom Houghton might well be the only Fringe comedian to have ever taken up residence in the Tower of London. It's from that lofty position of privilege where this member of the Noise Next Door improv crew regales us with his finest stories and gags including trying to entice girls back to his pad in the vicinity where horrible things happened to Guy Fawkes, Anne Boleyn and Thomas More.

When he moves away from his background and into more regular tales about the crazy sex-things that happened to him in Amsterdam and jolly japes in a Chinese restaurant he starts to sound a little ten-a-penny. With a family whose background is in the military, Houghton balks at the idea that somehow being a comedian is a brave act compared to the sacrifices made by those in the army. Much of this hour does seem to platform someone who is not quite boldly sticking their head over the parapet, but a follow-up show will provide more of an indicator about just how far Houghton wants to go.

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Tom Houghton: Class Half Empty

  • 3 stars

Tom Houghton, of The Noise Next Door sketch troupe, presents a new stand-up show.