Tom Deacon: Deaconator

Hailing from radio one and an award winning stand-up, I had high hopes for the Deaconator. With such comedy competition around, you come to expect a lot from the well known and larger names that are about.

To begin with Tom Deacon doesn’t disappoint. The lad grasps an instant rapport with his audience through his subtle comedy, charming them with the lovable soft tones of his voice, his boyish wit exudes confidence that leaps and bounces from anecdote to anecdote. Tom understands comedy, his ability to deliver is up there with the best, his timing is sweet and he doesn’t miss a beat. The Deaconator is packed with many relatable laughs, much to the audiences delight and he gives everything you would expect from someone of his calibre.

All that said and done though, I left feeling quite unsatisfied. The main bulk of the show was about how the world around Tom was forcing him to grow up and leave his faithful Xbox behind. He engaged us in a the idea that to do this he needed some dramatic closure on his younger years. The journey he went on was one that we all could recognise, but I’m afraid it failed to impress; even though it was comical, I felt it whimsical and the tasks he so desperately tried to complete failed to grip and excite. As soon as it was revealed what his challenge was, I knew in an instant what he had to do and I believe Mr Deacon knew himself, but instead we went on pointless and unnecessary diversions.

At present Tom Deacon has all the equipment and skill to go boldly into the limelight - he just needs a better story.

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The Blurb

BBC Radio 1 DJ and award-winning stand-up comedian Tom Deacon (Rob Brydon Show, Dave's One Night Stand) returns to Edinburgh. Tom talks gap ‘yahs’ and stag dos, bank robbery and potentially causing Greece's economic crash (oops).

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