Reviewer: Tracey Lowe
Before last year, The Penny Dreadfuls, comprising of Thom Tuck, David Reed and Humphrey Ker, were the reigning kings of sketch comedy at the Fringe. In 2011, they each tried their hand at solo shows, resulting in Fosters Comedy Award Best Newcomer nods for Ker and Tuck, and the brilliant show Shamblehouse from Reed.
Tuck is the only Dreadful to return with new material this year, with Thom Tuck Flips Out, a sequence of random but not completely unstructured bits, including encouraging his audience to smoke, his childhood choice of a gymnastics event not open to his gender, and an eventful trip to Glastonbury. Tuck absolutely rams the gags in, darting between subjects with no segue or apology. His delivery is not unlike Eddie Izzard, as he creates random scenarios for the audience. Armed with a bottle of wine, he comes across as a friendly drunk; certainly someone you would love to share a pint with.
He reserves his rage for the important things, namely iPad users and politicians. Don’t worry, he doesn’t alienate his young audience with political satire, he focuses on the real issues; how weird some of these guys look. His comparisons are surreal, absolutely hilarious and scarily accurate.
Tuck is a young, Great British eccentric in the making. His stories are sometimes outlandish but never completely unbelievable. One particular story of a sexual encounter involving frozen fruit drew a number of gasps from the audience. But with his cute, boyish face and warm demeanour, it is hard not to fall in love with this excellent upcoming stand-up.
Runs until 27th August