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Fat Penguin Presents: Tom Houghton, Jacob Hawley, Alex Oliver FREE


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Comedian, musician and presenter, Tom Houghton is a natural comic talent. A former member of improv comedy group The Noise Next Door, Tom was raised amongst the height of the British Upper Class, he attended boarding school from 6 years old, his father is the ex-professional head of the entire UK Armed forces, he currently resides in The Tower of London, his dad has just been made a Lord and Tom is now ‘The Honourable’… so naturally, a career in comedy beckoned! Funny and charming, with roguish tales and hilarious songs, Tom Houghton is star on the rise.

An accomplished and playful performer, Tom frequently shares line-ups with the likes of Michael McIntyre, John Bishop, Jason Manford and Jack Whitehall, amongst others and has supported Daniel Sloss and Justin Moorhouse on tour. A favourite on the stand-up circuit, he’s regularly booked to perform at gigs up and down the country including the Glee Clubs, Komedia and Manford’s Comedy Club and has received invitations to perform at festivals across the UK and Europe including; Bestival, Latitude, Altitude, Download, Lund, Montreux and Comedy Central Festival.

In 2017 Tom was named a finalist in the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Awards and went on to take his eagerly awaited debut solo hour, ‘Class Half Empty’ to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August, selling out the entire run within in the first week and adding extra shows due to popular demand. Post Edinburgh, Tom took the aforementioned show on a national tour, culminating with a sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre.

Alongside his flourishing stand-up career, Tom is also a regular across our TV screens. Previously with The Noise Next Door he has appeared on BBC1, BBC3, ITV3, Channel 4 and Channel 5 on such programmes as ‘The One Show’, ‘Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live’, ‘Secret interview’ and ‘It’s a Small World – with Warrick Davis’. Solo he’s co-presented Virgin TV’s ‘Comedy Binge’, appeared on ‘Comedy Blaps’, ‘First Dates Hotel’ (both Channel 4), ‘The Jim Jeffries Show’ for Comedy Central and most recently filmed for the upcoming series of ‘Roast Battle’ for Comedy Central alongside fellow comic Lauren Pattison.

Most recently Tom returned to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his second solo show ‘The Honourable: Tom Houghton’, selling out and receiving a plethora or four and five star reviews, with EdFestMag saying: “It’s perfect sitcom material and if there isn’t one on the horizon, I will eat my knickers.” And The List saying: “Houghton’s confident cheekiness seems an obvious fit for the TV panel show market.” Tom is currently developing his first sit-com alongside a packed gig diary, including invitations to perform at Montreux Comedy Festival this December and New Zealand International Comedy Festival May


“Clever, passionate and soulful” ★★★★★ – The New European

“Please take my advice. Get a ticket today. Tomorrow may well be too late. A Star is Born.” ★★★★★ – One4Review

★★★★ – The Times

“this unexpected tour de force warrants a 21-gun salute” ★★★★ – The Daily Telegraph

“The long awaited male answer to Bridget Jones made flesh” ★★★★ – The Daily Telegraph

“an undeniably captivating storyteller” ★★★★ – Chortle

“A crafty idiot” ★★★★ – The Daily Mail

“[A] well-honed hour of easy laughter.” ★★★★ – The List

“Tom, it’s been an honour.” ★★★★ – Edinburgh Festivals

“A funny, emotional and totally unrelatable show by a charming – and completely fascinating – comedian […] he’s going to be big!” ★★★★ – Voice Mag

“has the audience in stitches” ★★★★ – The Wee Review

“Now that’s class” ★★★★ – Fringe Guru

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‘Intelligent and important, his self-aware set sees him explore themes of class and identity in the modern world expertly.’ The Sunday Post

‘A down-to-earth talent who's got it in spades, it's an impressive, strong debut show that makes it feel like he's already been doing this for years.’ The List

‘His maturity of delivery & subject held us all in an unsnapping thrall. An ever-expanding intelligence, a keen analytical mind, & the talent to turn it all to comedy.’ The Mumble

‘Charming and sincere.’ The Peg Review

‘A mature, sharp wit, a relaxed manner and an undertow of political passion… Clever, and different.’ Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard ​ ‘Mocks blind patriotism in an enjoyably offbeat way. Nicely Wry’ Steve Bennett, Chortle.

'A more nuanced exploration of youth, half-hearted liberalism, family ties and artistic expression, Jacob Hawley drew immediate and repeated laughs from the crowd. He was dry, perceptive and unexpected. A darn sight more entertaining than the majority of fringe comedians we've caught so far.' Voice Magazine

Middle set from up and coming act... ALEX OLIVER

Alex most recently made the finals of the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year as well currently being in the finals of the Brighton Squawker New Act Year and the Tickled Pig Student Comedian of the Year. Alex's style is mainly anecdotal based on life-experience and he is best described as a rambling 'man-child'.

'Induces paroxysms of laughter' - Three Weeks...


Wednesday 23 8.00PMJanuary2019-01-23T20:00:00Z2019-01-23T21:50:00Z


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