The charismatic Canadian Tom Stade performed to almost 200 people at the Parabola Arts Centre on the penultimate evening of the Cheltenham Comedy Festival.
He recently stormed BBC One’s Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, receiving belly-laughs from audiences with his gravelly ‘drunken’ accent and a tale of discovering an addiction to Groupon at 40.
In his latest show ‘Decisions Decisions’ Tom ponder timeless questions and reflects upon his choices in life.
Stade took to the stage in the second half of the show, following the somewhat uncomfortably funny support act John Steinberg, whose half an hour set had the audience sniggering awkwardly at his dark, twisted material.
A large chunk of his set is dedicated to the range of cosmetics available at Boots, and he explains that his devilish good looks and youthful skin is all down to the No 7 range. This becomes a running gag throughout the entire performance where he references being a ‘member’ of various shops and being able to shuffle a deck when asked to produce his loyalty card.
Cheltenham heard all about Stade’s hedonistic tales of cocaine, gambling and finding excitement in spending his money on indulgences more adventurous than a Halifax savings account. When he lost £3000 on a horse, he gave himself a black eye and told his family he’d been mugged.
Stade points out that the purpose of his stories is to emphasise that decisions you make, good or bad, will ultimately not affect you in years to come. We hear how it has all turned out well for him on his 43 year old path, albeit minus a couple of teeth.
Tom takes great pleasure in laughing at his own material and this is part of what makes him such an entertaining comedian to watch. He’s still somewhat a hidden treasure and surely will go on to big things.
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