Please tell us about your brand of comedy- what can audiences expect?

Tom Neenan by James Deacon

Tom Neenan by James Deacon

I perform one-man narrative comedy shows usually with a bit of a genres bent. I try and make them as creepy and as silly as possible. Lots of big characters and big ideas.

Which comedians have been your biggest influence?

Too many to name really. I love Saturday Night Live and performers like Tarran Killam and Kate McKinnon. Rik Mayall is a real influence as well as cool cats like Simon Pegg.

What random things make you laugh in everyday life?

When people attach a GPS to a cat to see where it goes during the day. That.

Please tell us about your best and worst moment on stage so far.

Best: performing for some of my professional and comedic heroes at the Fringe.

Worst: I once had to perform a Monty Python sketch in front of Terry Gilliam. He was not impressed.

Do you still get nervous when you do a gig?

I feel you should always be a little bit nervous. The second all the nerves are gone you aren't giving it your all.

Why is Edinburgh Fringe Festival such a great platform for comedians?

It's the largest arts festival in the world. It allows performers to turn up, perform for a whole month and get better and better.

Who are you looking forward to seeing as an audience member?

I don't know the names of all my audience members. I tried to find out but that apparently would 'contravene' some sort of 'privacy' rules.

What is your advice to aspiring comedians?

Do comedy. Over and over again. Keep doing comedy. In front of anyone who'll listen. Write and write and write and keep on improving.

What is the oddest heckle you've ever received?

"This is going fine". A weirdly moderate heckle. Usually heckles are like internet comments sections… no nuance. This guy really wanted to reflect how things were going as accurately as possible.

What is next for you?

I'm putting together a Radio 4 show for next year and thinking about Edinburgh 2017. *shudders*

Tom Neenan: Vaudeville

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3-28 Aug

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