Tom Rosenthal announces debut stand-up tour

Wednesday 12th June 2019, 11:17am

  • Tom Rosenthal has announced his first stand-up tour, for autumn 2019
  • Manhood is about how he has "spent his whole life obsessed by the theft of his foreskin"
  • He says: "I cannot express how much this show is about being circumcised"
Tom Rosenthal. Copyright: Idil Sukan.

Tom Rosenthal will tour his new stand-up show Manhood in the autumn of 2019.

The dates will follow on from the Edinburgh Fringe in August, the first time he's performed a full run at the festival in six years. The short tour of England will start in Cambridge on 18th September, and runs through to Lincoln on 13th October, and includes a six night run at London's Soho Theatre.

Talking about the premise of the show, his agents say: "Like one in three men on the planet, Tom has been circumcised. Unlike them, he's written a comedy show about it. Tom has spent his whole life obsessed by the theft of his foreskin. How should you feel when part of you has been cut off for no obvious reason, but everyone just tells you it's normal? This is the story of a journey into manhood, but without one."

Tom Rosenthal himself says: "After a decade of being a coward and performing exclusively a) to sycophantic festival crowds or b) within a mile of my flat, I am terrified to embark on my first proper tour. I have been doing stand-up intermittently for the past ten years and now think it's time to travel around the country charging people a full ticket price to watch. Feel free to buy one to see if I'm right.

"I cannot express how much this show is about being circumcised, please do not come under any other illusion. Basically I'm travelling near your town to talk about my dick and invite you to come and see whether I've made a terrible mistake in doing so."

Rosenthal took his debut stand-up comedy show, Child of Privilege, to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011. That year he also won the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year competition and was subsequently nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at the British Comedy Awards.

Rosenthal has been busy working as a sitcom actor in recent years. He is set to play Pike in the forthcoming series of Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes, and is currently filming the next series of Plebs. He is also due to star in another series of hit sitcom Friday Night Dinner.

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