Review: Tom Allen, Norwich Playhouse

Comedian Tom Allen. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Comedian Tom Allen. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - 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.


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Tom Allen plays King's Lynn Corn Exchange on September 26.

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