I, Tom Mayhew

Comedy (stand-up, solo show)

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Tom Mayhew (BBC New Comedy Award semi-finalist 2018) was unemployed for three years from the age of 18. This is a story of rejections, the JobCentre, being working class, and fighting for your place in the world. With lots of jokes. This show explores what its really like for someone in their twenties in 2019. While some seem to think we have it all, the reality is that many of us can't afford to move out of our parents' place. 'His content is from the heart; spellbinding, raw and telling... a genuine joy to watch' (Kate Copstick).

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Harriet Freeman 109 days ago

Tom Mayhew is intensely determined, intelligent and warm - perhaps inconspicuously but undeniably. I left Mayhew's Fringe 2019 performance satiated with laughter, relishing in the recall of his amusing stories and perspectives. Yet, Tom's work is so far from vacuous, so swathed in brutal reality that one cannot help but leave somewhat shaken by the injustices of our government.

I would recommend this show to anyone who is open-minded, wishing for a belly jiggle.

Sara Sparrow 110 days ago

I, Tom Mayhew is not an easy watch at times, and that is why it's a must see show at this year's Fringe. Tom is naturally incredibly funny and a wonderfully engaging performer on stage, he gets the audience on side from the moment the show starts to the (literally) bitter end.

I say it's not an easy watch because what Tom is talking about is the experience of so many people in this country at the moment and as such it resonated with me on a lot of different levels. I think everyone can find something about Tom's story to connect with, most of us will find more than one thing. And what Tom has created is an emotional, relevant and important hour of comedy that tells a story that needed to be told. What's more, he tells it in a funny way. Fantastic work from someone with a bright future of comedy ahead of them.

Scott 114 days ago

Very funny guy, putting across some serious issues whilst making you smile, but also getting across the sadness of how things are aswell.

Tom sums up life for those in the working class & poverty, and hopefully his show will make some people think about the system and how quick we are to label and mistreat those who are most vulnerable in society.

Five stars, this is one show I would say is must see at this year's Fringe.

Jess 126 days ago

Great show from an instantly likeable comedian. Worth a visit.

Chris Catterall 131 days ago

I saw this show in Manchester and loved it. You'd be very hard pressed not to like Tom Mayhew from the very start and his natural rapport with the audience really works well with the very personal and thoughtful theme of the show. Very funny and would highly recommend checking out the show! You'll walk away happy, I can almost guarantee it.

Jacob Hatton 132 days ago

Tom's show is hilarious and touching at the same time. There's thousands of shows in the Fringe and yet stories like this rarely seem to be told so honestly and well, even though unemployment and struggle is something that touches millions of us.

By the way, please don't read "unemployment and struggle" and think to yourself, "But I just want a laugh" and be put off. This isn't some theatre show cloaking itself in comedy. Tom is a brilliant jokewriter and a great comic and I laughed for the whole hour.

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 115 days ago

Tom Mayhew is unabashedly working class and it's a topic that has taken him a long time to talk about. In an industry and festival overrun with middle class acts, it is a relief to see anyone that doesn't fit the bill. In I, Tom Mayhew, his working class roots...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

Comedy is, nowadays, a broad church. ...

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 126 days ago

As you may or may not know, I’m writing these very words because I won a Chortle bursary to help working-class critical voices become better represented in comedy – an opportunity I will be eternally grateful for. Because good things don’t really happen to working-class people, and when they do we...

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