Tom Allen is a fascinating stand up performer who juxtaposes a sinister sense of calm with an effortlessly charming demeanour. With a playful glint in his eye and a playful flamboyance to his delivery, this comedian is incredibly easy for audiences to warm to. You’ve probably seen him on 8 out of 10 Cats and Live at the Apollo already, so catch his latest show at the Pleasance Courtyard throughout August.
1) What excites you most about the Edinburgh Festival?
I think it’s celebrating everyone’s work and seeing what people have come up with this year. And seeing all the other comics and just generally having a nice time. It should feel like a celebration.
2) What was your first Edinburgh show about?
It was ten years ago and it was about what makes a good story.
3) Does your comedy attract a certain type of audience?
I’m not sure – I’ve never surveyed them! A lot of really lovely people from all different backgrounds seem to come. I hope there’s something for everyone! Like in Asda. In my portentous moments I like to think comedy is great at finding the common ground and the situations and feelings we all experience so I hope a broad spectrum of people enjoy what I do.
4) What is the worst experience you’ve had with Edinburgh accommodation?
Oh a dirty sink. But isn’t that everyone’s?
5) What is your most treasured memory of your comedy career so far?
Oh blimey! I think it might’ve been doing Live at the Apollo last year. I was nervous about wanting to get it right and then in the end it was just lovely. And my friend Sarah Millican introduced me and my mum and dad were there and I was really pleased with how it went.
6) What show will you definitely be seeing at the festival this year?
My friend Suzi Ruffell’s show Keeping it Classy at the Pleasance at 9.45. She’s been such a great friend of mine.
7) What do you hope to gain from the Edinburgh Festival this year?
Oh you’re always learning aren’t you? So to keep learning. But my goal is always to give people a good time and so if I do that I’ll be happy!
8) What do you imagine your last ever show will be about?
Oh I hope it’s like Elaine Stritch at Liberty. I’d like there to be tap dancing. Beyond that I’m not sure.