'When I was 16 I dressed in Victorian clothing in a bid to distract people from the fact that I was gay. It was a flawed plan.'
Tom Allen's unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling has seen him become a household name in the UK. But you might not know that the working-class son of a coach driver, and the youngest member of the Noel Coward Society, grew up in 90s suburbia as the eternal outsider.
To celebrate the publication of his brand-new memoir No Shame, join Tom as he shares hilarious, honest, and sometimes heart-breaking, stories about his life and career. From observations about his childhood and adolescence, to the family he still lives with, and his attempts to come out and negotiate the gay dating scene, this is Tom at his most candid.
With his trademark caustic wit and warmth, this live stream event will entertain, surprise and move you in equal measure.
Please note: All live stream events are subject to change. Not all events listed are live performances by the artist - they also include archived concerts, DJ sets, masterclasses, Q&As and more.
Tom Allen is a comedian, writer and actor. He started as a stand up at the age of 22 and went on to win both So You Think You’re Funny in Edinburgh and the BBC New Comedy Awards in the same year. Since then he has honed his unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling by performing to audiences all over the UK and around the world. Tom Allen is a wonderfully laconic anecdotalist, and bears an uncanny stage presence to what might be described as the love child of Kenneth Williams and Stephen Fry. He has a genius for digression and an ear for hilariously mundane comments and platitudes. A rare talent, indeed. 'I urge, nay demand – that you see him perform' (Three Weeks) 'Riotous entertainment... Allen is one of life's true eccentrics' (The Guardian) 'Tom Allen makes me reach for old-fashioned words like debonair and urbane. Blessed with crystalline enunciation and velvety, vocal warmth, he sounds as though he was born at the BBC' (Chortle). Tom Allen was #2 in Ents24's Hardest Working Comedians of 2018 list.
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