Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters - In The Press
This is the second series of Open Letters, in which Sheffield-born comic Tom Wrigglesworth attempts to solve the issues surrounding Britain's most annoying businesses in a form of a letter to the boss of a major company.
We seem to live in a constant state of being ripped off by insurance companies, and in Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters the comedian put them squarely in his sights. Framed as a letter to Kevin Chidwick, managing director of the price comparison website confused.com, it was actually a bit of a cheat: he addressed Chidwick for the first couple of minutes, and returned to him at the end, but the bulk of the programme was bog-standard stand-up.
The series premiere was an overwhelming disappointment. Although Tom Wrigglesworth is extremely confident in his delivery of Open Letters, the subject matter in this week's show was dull and difficult to engage with.
Written by George Zielinski. The Comedy Journal, 3rd May 2012
Off the back of his successful 2009 show An Open Return Letter to Richard Branson, which won him such accolades as the Chortle 2010 'Best Show' award, Tom Wrigglesworth is back in 2011 with a national tour of Nightmare Dream Wedding. Pete Starr caught up with the affable Yorkshireman to discuss his new show.
Written by Pete Starr. Giggle Beats, 14th February 2011
Self-proclaimed "engineer of mirth" Tom Wrigglesworth is back following the success of his Open Letter to Richard Branson last year. This new series of open letters berating the incorrigible powers that be for their ineptitude and lack of common sense begins with a heartfelt plea addressed to transport secretary Philip Hammond. Traffic wardens, the bureaucratic hoops of paying a parking fine and pantomime baddy clampers all incur his vitriolic wrath in this first instalment. Some of the jokes are obvious, but anyone who enjoys a good moan will find plenty to chuckle at.
Helen Stuart, Radio Times, 3rd February 2011
Tom Wrigglesworth says he's an "engineer of mirth" as he pretends to be writing to the government to ask "what's happening to traffic wardens?" Anyone not related to Mr Wrigglesworth or not listening to his act in a pub after a few jars will be tempted to ask "what's happening to BBC mirth engineering?" Someone from Comedy (a whole department of its own) will probably now write me a patronising note about keeping up with the new generation of performers. Don't bother. De-gunking the washing machine will be more fun than this.
Tom Wrigglesworth was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award at last year's Fringe, and although I missed Wrigglesworth's show, the fact that so many people I trust were eulogising about him suggested that he would nonetheless be a very worthy winner. This radio show is a half-hour version of his Open Letter to Richard Branson in which he recalls a particularly eventful trip on a Virgin train which saw him arrested and, eventually, effect a fundamental change on company policy. A very funny and eloquent man ranting and raving against unthinking jobsworths - gotta be worth a listen, right? Right.
There aren't many funnier shows in Edinburgh - and certainly none more right. We all moan about the national disgrace of our train fares, but Wrigglesworth (an old-fashioned rail romantic) is doing something about it.
Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 21st August 2009
Who says that comedians can't make a difference? When Tom Wrigglesworth stepped on to the 10.15 from Manchester to London last autumn, he was just a hangover sufferer with a yen for some peace and quiet. When he stepped off, he was a people's hero, wanted by the police. And out of this bruising encounter with petty officialdom he's crafted a beguiling hour of Fringe comedy.
Written by Dominic Maxwell. The Times, 22nd April 2009
A train guard threatened stand-up comedian Tom Wrigglesworth with arrest after he went to the aid of a sobbing pensioner who had boarded the wrong train.
Written by Jaya Narain. The Daily Mail, 11th October 2008