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.
He made his first appearance on the BBC’s iconic Live at the Apollo, going on to make several appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cat, Countdown, Mock the Week, The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice, Celebrity The Crystal Maze as well as the John Bishop Show and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2 along with several appearances on Just a Minute including the 50th episode alongside Prince Charles. He also recorded the Edinburgh special of Loose Ends and was featured in Radio 4 Extra’s round up of the fringe. He also voiced Frankensend in E4’s recent hit series Bad Robots alongside Michael Gambon.
After a sell out run of his show ‘Indeed’ at the Edinburgh Festival Tom brought it to the main space at London’s Soho Theatre before extending his current tour ‘Absolutely’ to even more places around the UK.
Like Minded Friends, the weekly podcast he records with friend and compadre Suzi Ruffell has now reached the hundreds of thousands in its listenership.
Tom has also performed at Montreal’s Just For Laughs as well as Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Comedy Festivals.
He has written articles for The Scotsman, The Independent, The Lady and The Guardian. Attitude Magazine called him a gay role model.
He played Pip Bin in Radio 4’s Sony Award winning Bleak Expectations and as an actor has also guest starred in Comedy Central’s Threesome, BBC’s Sensitive Skin with Joanna Lumley and Fear of Fanny with Mark Gatiss and Julia Davis. Film includes Colour Me Kubrick with John Malkovich, Starter for Ten with James McEvoy and the Stephen Frears film, Tamara Drewe.
As a teenager he was the youngest member of the Noel Coward Society.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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