The Spotlight on... Tom Deacon

Wednesday, July 08 2009

Name: Tom Deacon

Where do you live?: Bethnal Green. It’s a top-draw place, if I ever think “you know what I fancy?... a bagel!” there is always Brick Lane up the road. Plus you may see a rare sighting of a Shoreditch type dressed like a time traveller and without glasses in their lenses. Magical.

How long have you been gigging for?: Nearly three years. My first gig in London was in Balham. It was run by the comedy guru legend that is PJ. Who I hear is currently on a comeback!

What do you do?: I try as hard I can to make the audience laugh. Whether it be through simply my appearance, or my hand-crafted, organic, sustainable jokes that are ethically cultured for the comedy literate masses.

Who makes you laugh?: So many people! Other comedians on the circuit I will have seen countless times still make me laugh. My favourite comedian at the moment is the guy who works at Bethnal Green tube who smiles when people think their Oyster has beeped when it hasn’t, and then they crash into the barrier.

At which London comedy clubs do you usually perform?: The various 99 Club gigs around London and FymFyg in Bethnal Green. If I'm not there I'm normally playing on my Xbox 360.

What is your favourite London comedy venue?: I love playing the big room when it's packed and everyone is up for it and I get butterflies in my stomach. I get that on a Saturday at FymFyg when the compere is Lee Hurst. Can’t get a better MC or venue.

What are you/should you be famous for?: I'm not famous, so, err, I'd like to find a cure for premature ejaculation! Haha we’ve all been their fellas?... I mean… I know a couple of my mates... they told me… or something. Damn!

Who is your celebrity doppelganger?: I most look like that guy who presents BBC Switch, that guy who presents a daily online show for young people I forget his name!

Whose sex face would you least like to see?: Jeremy Paxman's, while shouting his famous cry from University Challenge: "Come on come on I'm gonna have to rush you."

Audiences love it when I... Don't overrun.

Audiences hate it when I... have replaced an act who is funnier and there are no refunds at the door.

And here's young Thomas live in action...

Edinburgh and Beyond 2008


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