Tom Deacon: Get Your Deac-on!

Does anyone else remember Tom Deacon on BBC Switch’s daily online programme The 5:19 Show? Just me then. Five years on and Deacon is a well-established comedian and Get Your Deac-on is his fourth stand-up show. He’s made appearances on The Rob Brydon Show and Dave’s One Night Stand amongst others and has performed at three Edinburgh Festival Fringes. As well as this, Deacon comes across like a less irritating version of Russell Kane, which is nice.

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. 

Reviews by Emily Dunford

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The Blurb

Tom is one of the hottest young comedians and presenters on the circuit. He has been performing live stand-up for the last six years, with three Edinburgh solo shows under his belt, and has been the host of his own TV, radio and online shows on BBC2, BBC Radio 1 and YouTube football channel Copa90, where his Eurofan escapades have notched up over 1 million views. Last year he performed on the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow and performed to sold out theatres. Now, why don't you Get Your Deac-on at the Fringe this year!

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