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Tom Toal In Prequel (Glorious Management Presents / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Friday 8 August 2014

Nice-guy comedy is hard to get right, and it seems Tom Toal just doesn’t possess quite enough killer instinct to seize anything more than a few affectionate titters. You want to give him more than that, you really do, but it would be forced. His show is far too personal: not that he shares too much, but he seems to be under the assumption that his friend-in-a-pub banter can cut it on stage. His is the kind of act (or rather soliloquy; there doesn’t seem to be anything artificial about it) that you appreciate and wish the best for, but that doesn’t mean you’ll go and see him twice. Nice guys finish last. Well, not last, but not first either.

Cabaret Voltaire, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [George Robb]