Thom Tuck

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Scaramouche Jones

27 Aug 20154 stars

A man, a stage, some face paint and one hell of a story

Justin Butcher’s tongue twister script, which takes Comedia Dell’Arte’s jester Scaramouche on a mystical adventure, is performed expertly by Thom Tuck (Penny Dreadfuls, Radio 4). Starting in the ‘arse end of the twentieth century’, Tuck takes the…

A Slight Ache

8 Aug 20144 stars

Twinges of Pinter in impeccably performed play exploring suburban paranoia

Nobody did suburban paranoia as well as Harold Pinter, and this is a fine example: on the longest day of the year, Edward and his wife Flora (comedy actors Thom Tuck and Catriona Knox, respectively) bicker. They initially seem well-matched; Edward is a…


7 Aug 20123 stars

Hilarious, witty and energetic: as entertaining as politics ever can be

The most telling aspect of Robert Kahn and Tom Salinsky’s Coalition is the dedication at the bottom of the programme, citing a ‘special thank you to Nick Clegg, without whom this would have been inconceivable.’ Coalition packs punches; not light…

Thom Tuck Flips Out

6 Aug 20123 stars

Posh boy stand-up from the ex-Penny Dreadful

Having graduated from sketch show The Penny Dreadfuls to a solo stand-up routine revolving around his love-hate relationship with straight-to-DVD Disney movies, Tuck returns to the Fringe with a new show that’s less focused thematically but generally…

Edinburgh Comedy Award 2011 shortlist

25 Aug 2011

Plus the 10 funniest jokes from the Fringe

The shortlist for the 2011 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards have been announced. Nominations for best comedy show and for best newcomer. The winners will be announced on Saturday 27th August.

Thom Tuck Goes Straight to DVD

16 Aug 20114 stars

Funny and heart-wrenching show on Disney films and painful break-ups

There are two themes in Tuck’s show: straight to DVD Disney films and severely painful break-ups. The connection isn’t immediately apparent, but Tuck’s brave finale combines both strands with some genuinely dark humour, while simultaneously his stage…

Fringe for (around) a fiver: Comedy

22 Jul 2011

The best cheap shows in Edinburgh this August

AAA Stand-Up/Late A trio of dandy comics for much less than the normal price of three in this annual not-late/late line-up. The earlier bill includes Joe Rowntree while the later roster has Matt Price. Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 3–5 Aug…

Thom Tuck Goes Straight to DVD

6 Jul 2011

Penny Dreadfuls' Thom Tuck's 2011 Edinburgh show examines Disney sequels

Just as the emotional yearning of The Little Mermaid reinvigorated animated cinema on its release in 1989, Thom Tuck hopes his analysis of that movie’s follow-ups, plus various other Disney sequels, spin-offs and shameless House of Mouse cash-ins has a…

Aeneas Faversham Forever

21 Aug 20085 stars

Dreadfuls give us a daring, playful and epic tale

A trio of Victorian gentlemen humourists, the Penny Dreadfuls bring you the visually resplendent, aurally pleasurable Aeneas Faversham Forever, one of this year’s most scrumptious and comically edifying Fringe treats. Something shadily undefined yet…