Interview with… Comedian Tom Allen

Award-winning funny man, Tom Allen, is heading to the Castle Theatre this September.


Tom Allen is known for his sharp wit and camp storytelling –  he won the coveted “So You Think You’re Funny” in Edinburgh and the BBC New Comedy Awards in the same year, and now he’s on his first solo UK tour. Editor Bec Cockcroft managed to grab a few minutes for a chat to find out more…


It’s been a busy few years for you, with television work like Mock the Week and Bake Off: The Professionals, and a huge live tour! Do you prefer one to the other?

Tom: How could I chose between?! I really enjoy both actually and I’m very grateful to get to have the experience. There’s nothing like live touring where you get to perform to amazing audiences in all different parts of the country. But TV is great in that it can be a bit more up close and conversational.


We hear you’ve recently passed your driving test – congratulations! That must make touring a bit easier? Also, do you have any tips for learner drivers (like me – Bec)

Ok, don’t worry I know how you feel. Firstly make sure you’ve got a teacher who encourages you and makes you feel really confident. Secondly always have in your mind that you have as much right to be on the road as anyone else. Thirdly never go on roundabouts. Fourthly how do motorways work??


 


How have your audiences been across the tour so far?

Just delightful. It’s the first time I’ve ever been on a tour on my own so I didn’t know what to expect or even if anyone would come. But it’s been incredible to see theatres full of people who want to see me! How modest this must sound…



What’s the best heckle you’ve had?

‘I really like your shoes’… it’s so difficult to take a compliment, don’t you think?


And finally, what are the best and worst things about being on tour?

The best is getting to go to places you’d never normally perhaps visit. Did you know Stockport has a hat museum?
The worst bit is probably dealing with road rage directed at you for being such a terrible driver. I just wish I had a sign for the back window of the car saying ‘I don’t know your area! Forgive me if I’m slow going round this roundabout!!’

Huge thanks to Tom for taking the time to talk to us. You can catch his show, Absolutely, at The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough on 27 September 2018.  Tickets are £15 and available online or by calling 01933 270 007. Age Guideline: 14+ Likely to be swearing and adult content

Rebecca is a theatre lover originally from Birmingham. She founded On Stage Northants in 2017, and is passionate about promoting Northampton performing arts. Can usually be found behind the scenes, and occasionally in front of them too. Bec also blogs at StageyRebel