Reviewer: Paul Downham
Fresh from this year’s Edinburgh Festival Tom Stade arrives at The Lowry for the first of two sold out performances with his rock n roll style comedy. Canadian, Stade, who now lives in Edinburgh made a dramatic entrance with rock music blaring throughout the auditorium complete with Vodka and Coke in hand.
The entire set revolves around one subject that everyone can relate to, age. Stade explores the difference between 20 year olds and the older generation of today. To assist with his observations two audience members, one from each generation, were targeted and inadvertently became the subject of the evening.
It seems according to Stade that the point in life where you change from being a care free 20 something into someone with responsibilities is at the moment your first child is born, something that the older audience member, Graham agreed with whole heartedly.
A trip to Boots to purchase some Cod Liver Oil provided another angle on the age differences between the two groups, due to the fact upon paying for the oils a voucher was received for No.7 beauty products. This apparently is the reason Stade maintains his youthful looks. Albeit behind on his wavy hair and unshaven face.
While the audience were laughing sometimes uncontrollably during the evening Stade could also not help laugh at his own jokes as if he had just come up with them on the spot. In reality this was a master class of comedy in a highly polished and rehearsed routine.
The only let down of the evening was the support whose name was as instantly forgettable as the act itself. Both the material and the delivery of it did not hit the mark with the buoyant Lowry audience.
Reviewed on 6th September 2014