Review: Tom Stade You’re Welcome

[First published on Quays News 30/01/16] Youre-Welcome-Poster-Jpeg

ROCK star comedian Tom Stade hit the Lowry’s Quays Theatre last night with his new show ‘You’re Welcome’.

The intimate room was the venue for the second night of Tom Stade’s new tour, which, for a comedian that’s appeared on the likes of ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’, is a relatively tiny room. Small theatres do give audience members a greater sense of inclusion in a show, and, with Stade’s constant chatting to the front row, this was certainly the case.

Support act Gareth Waugh graced the stage first however. Stade’s recognisable voice over to welcome the Scottish comedian gets the laughter roaring to banish any nervous wait before the first joke lands. A stark contrast to Stade, Waugh’s feeble persona tells self-deprecating anecdotes, fitting into the mould of young male comics that laugh at their failure to be the stereotypical man. His stories are told excellently with the help of his physical performance, ending in some crude but funny mimes. Clever punchlines are scattered throughout, maintaining the laughter before finishing strong. The young Scotsman is definitely one to watch.

The interval passes and, with confidence in abundance, Stade strides onto the stage. In the front row was a gentleman who would be gold dust to any comedian, and Stade spotted him immediately, commenting on his likeness to Einstein to great laughter and applause. A photography teacher from Birkenhead, Albert, as Stade referred to him as, became a regular feature throughout the night.

The start of the show is side splitting. He tells the audience where he’s from, preposterously exaggerating how primitive the Canadian town is in which he grew up. His anecdote about playing Glastonbury last year is a routine that received constant hearty laughter, as he builds up vivid but ludicrous imagery of a hot tub featuring himself and last year’s big names. It’s this silly imagery and ability to take a simple idea and run with it in which Stade excels.

As a Canadian he makes observations on how living in Britain has changed himself, as well as elaborating on the differences between the two countries. British TV is the butt of many jokes as he asks the simple question of why people would go on Cash in the Attic, which he then recites a silly back story. His delivery of the material on the face of it seems like a drunken ramble – repeating, shouting and elongating words with a large dose of expletives for good measure. But it’s this performance, consisting of expert timing, which sets him apart from other comics, matching the style of his material to create silly and original comedy.

Part way through his set, interesting but sensitive material is discussed. Stade refers to the phrase ‘no means no’, but subverts the usual connotations by joking about scenarios in which men say this. The idea is a deep discussion point, but with Stade’s comedic style it comes across as clumsy instead of clever or enlightening, which the routine has the potential to be. He alienates some of the audience which leads to a brief lull in laughter before getting them back onside.

Immigration is next on Stade’s agenda, again a topic which could cause offence, but his silliness blasts away any reservations the audience have at laughing at such a controversial issue. He talks about himself, how he was called an immigrant by a character in his previous anecdote, and how this offended him. Again great imagery is used as he truthfully explains how Britain is a country of immigrants thanks to its colourful history, the language he uses, even more colourful.

Stade really ekes out every possible laugh from a subject before seamlessly moving on to the next. Gaps in the laughter are rare despite his slow delivery as, rather than building up to a punchline, he provides funnies throughout. Heckles were mostly ignored and shouted over, but his improvisation skills weren’t lacking when talking to Albert and others in the front row.

Comedians are always seeking approval from their audience. Stade, however, seems to already know that he’s funny, allowing him to free himself up to be as silly as he wants, providing great entertainment for his audience.

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More comedians on tour

Here we go again with a new batch of comedians currently on tour that are fantastic and a must see.

Simon Evans – In the money

No gimmicks, Simon is just a man with a microphone, but he is one of the most underrated comics on the circuit. His gags are excellent and delivered with a distinct rhythm that suits his stern demeanor perfectly. Punchlines are quickly slipped into his anecdotes meaning there’s never long to wait until the next laugh. He covers a range of subjects, from family life to politics, but his material is always sharp.

Patrick Monahan – The disco years

Patrick is a whirlwind of a comedian. He shows great energy on stage and can’t help himself from interacting and having a bit of fun with his audience, often resulting in bigger laughs than his scripted material. Whereas some comedians seem professional, Patrick’s off the wall style offers something different, allowing him to create gigs that are a one off, making him great to see live.

Isy Sutie – The actual one

Best known for playing Dobby in Peep show, Isy is also fast emerging stand up comic. She’s a self-confessed odd-ball, making her stories and songs very funny. She comes across as an honest comedian and gives us hilarious insights into her world. If you’re wanting punchlines look elsewhere, but after watching Isy, you’ll soon think punchlines are overrated.

That’s it for now, hopefully I’ll be able to review these shows. If you missed my earlier post here’s some more comedians I recommend. Thanks for reading and please subscribe, share or sneer at me having wasted your precious time.

 

Comedians on tour

I am a comedy guru, hear my words. Well not really but I didn’t know how to start. Anyway, there’s a lot of comedians touring this year that I really want to see and I thought I’d share them . I enjoy a range of comedic styles so as you meander through my waffle, you’ll hopefully discover someone new you really like or find out more about the comedian on that panel show you half watched.

 

Gary Delaney – There’s something about Gary

Gary is great joke writer, no question. He really thinks about how he forms his gags and how they should be delivered. He’s a one liner comedian and is never afraid to throw in a dirty joke. He moves from gag to gag at a fair lick, which is a phrase that could easily be a punchline in one of his shows. If you’re a fan of puns, Gary is a must see.

Stuart Goldsmith – An hour

I confess I’ve seen little of Stu’s stand up as he hasn’t been on TV that much, but I do feel like I know him quite well, so I’m allowed to call him Stu. This is because I’m an avid listener of his fascinating podcast in which he interviews fellow comedians  in considerable depth. This is precisely the reason why I want to see his new show which will be his first tour. He’s an incredibly likable chap and I get a feeling that he has a real passion for stand up.

Joe Lycett – That’s the way, A-ha A-ha, Joe Lycett

Joe oozes comedy. His observations and anecdotes are funny but it’s his delivery that is the key to why he cracks audiences up. His mannerisms, expressions and distinctive voice make him great to watch. Fans of Magaluf Weekender will recognise his voice from his hilariously condescending narration – despite knowing this, I don’t watch it, please believe me. I also recommend checking him out on YouTube in which he has a frequent installment that is the genius 15 second interview with various celebs. His on stage demeanor is very relaxed, with his stand up consisting of well put together anecdotes and hilarious observations. He’s continuing his lengthy tour and I really recommend seeing him.

There’ll be another post with even more brilliant comedians that are currently touring coming up shortly, so if you enjoyed this please watch out for that. Also don’t forget to look out for my reviews coming up. I’m seeing Canadian comedian Tom Stade on the 29th so I’ll put the link to the review on here and hopefully I’ll be able to review most of the aforementioned shows. Of course if you subscribe you won’t miss a thing, plus it would do wonders for my ego.