Q&A | Tom Rosenthal | Comedian

Keziah asked Tom some questions about his show and he answered them. As a comedian, it’s his job to always be the funniest person in the conversation, if not the room.

After years of having you confined to compering, we’re very excited about hosting your whole Edinburgh show. Can you tell us a bit about it?
It is a story about going to Bulgaria. If you’ve seen my compering, it’s like that with more effort. If you haven’t, it’s like Michael McIntyre with less effort.

Google translate told us that благодаря means ‘thanks to’ or ‘due to’ or possibly ‘through’, but what does it MEAN?
It means it’s difficult to discuss my show in emails.

In 2011 you were in Chicken Soup with Barley at the Royal Court and before that you acted in the first ever Descent (comparable) – do you have any plans to return to the (non-comedy) stage?
No. The Court was where I started but the dream has always been street-mime.

The Cockpit show is of course a preview for your show at the Edinburgh Festival. What are your Edinburgh survival tips?
Never look at a local and never talk to a local.

You were recently in Plebs with Danny Dyer, but what’s your favourite Danny Dyer film?
Human Traffic because a) it’s great and b) it’s the only one I’ve seen.

Who’s your favourite member of Descent?
Me.

The last time I saw you, you offered to buy my jumper off me for one million pounds – how is it being rich and famous?
I am neither.

Tell us a wry piece of observational humour.
See above.

Tom is performing his preview of благодаря as part of Scripts & Giggles at The Cockpit on 14th July. More info

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