Does anyone else remember Tom Deacon on BBC Switch’s daily online programme
Deacon is a bubbly comedian for those of you wanting some light relief from Edinburgh madness
The show is well structured; there is audience interaction, anecdotes about the time Deacon “almost died twice” with jokes and asides peppered in. Deacon has a wonderfully expressive face and a lot of the laughs are not from the jokes themselves, which are sometimes a little flat, but in response to a silly expression or a single serious look. The audience enjoy themselves, despite the fact that a lot of the humour is unoriginal in style. For what it’s worth, I never feel bored and chuckle along to the accessible jokes and stories next to an older lady and hench 20-something who are both cackling away.
Deacon stops the show 30 minutes in to scratch a scratchcard. We don’t win but it’s an interesting touch that prevents his routine from falling into a predictable pattern. His cheeky storyteller style and subjects for material- friendship, sex, life as a young adult etc- are nothing new but his energy and flair for the stage keep the show alive. As a stage personality, Deacon is a lot of fun to watch.
The show comes to a close when a man dressed as a fairy is called onstage to join Deacon in eating a symbolic banana. Deacon is a bubbly comedian for those of you wanting some light relief from Edinburgh madness and I’m certain that we’ll see him on our TV screens more often in the future.