Review: Tom Allen, Norwich Playhouse
- Credit: Archant
Fast-rising comedy star Tom Allen was on sparkling form at a sell-out Norwich gig, says James Goffin
Tom Allen's star is on the rise: he is a regular on TV panel shows, the host of Channel 4's Bake Off: The Professionals spin off, and now on a nationwide tour with sell-out dates – including Wednesday night's stop in Norwich.
His polished appearance gives way to increasingly hoarse recollections, as he tells stories of his childhood in Bromley: his high school gay rival, singing the Muppet Show theme tune – in French – on a school trip, and the questionable delights of municipal leisure centres.
Camp asides and easy innuendo drip through the set, accompanied by a sparkly eye and knowing glance. His capacity to shock is dwarfed by his audience though: their interaction started with volunteering at the prison and the NDR, but it ramped up with the couple that met on a website called Sexbuddy. You won't get that on Bake Off.
Jake Lambert gave good support, with some neatly-crafted takes on relationships and his own deceptively young appearance.
You may also want to watch:
Tom Allen plays King's Lynn Corn Exchange on September 26.
- 1 Famous Norwich firm locked in legal battle with Red Bull
- 2 'I couldn't believe my eyes' - snorkeller finds 125-year-old shipwreck
- 3 End of an era as cafe owner hangs up apron after 26 years
- 4 Location revealed for new major music festival with '90s flavour'
- 5 Huge village home with indoor swimming pool for sale for £1.2m
- 6 Former teacher who abused young boys handed 25-year sentence
- 7 Do you recognise this man?
- 8 Norfolk beach ranked among world's top tourist attractions
- 9 Huge Christmas market returning to Norfolk Showground for 2021
- 10 Bus services to be cancelled and changed amid driver shortage