British Comedy Guide

Tom Parry

The Wrestling 2017: The results

We've got the results, and pictures, from Max & Ivan's The Wrestling 2017.

Dave Deverick, British Comedy Guide, 16th August 2017

The Wrestling: photo gallery

Shots from last night's action

Chortle, 16th August 2017

100 of the best ever jokes & one-liners from the Fringe

For a taste of what to expect, we've put together a rather epic list of some of the best jokes and one-liners that have had audiences giggling in the Scottish capital over recent years.

i Newspaper, 4th August 2017

TV review: Host The Week, C4

But I have to be honest, I'm struggling to find something good to say about this.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 22nd June 2017

Channel 4 announces new show Host The Week

Host The Week is described as an exciting new entertainment show in which a celebrity guest will "unwittingly play both host and hero".

British Comedy Guide, 7th June 2017

Radio 4 announces 18 new comedy shows

Radio 4 has announced a raft of new shows, including series from Matt Berry, Sara Pascoe, Richard Herring, Sam Bain, Andy Hamilton and Fred MacAulay.

British Comedy Guide, 26th August 2016

Probably the most TV-experienced of the lot, thanks to BBC Three's Badults and more, the trio of Matthew Crosby, Ben Clark and Tom Parry have created a nicely put-together short as gags and observations build to a satisfying conclusion. It all starts as our Three Unwise Men break down on the way back from a Christmas Eve gig, where their cheesy puns had fallen on deaf ears. Trapped in their car they exchange wittily stupid musings on the likes of Secret Santa and the John Lewis Christmas ad. And Dara O Briain proves himself a great sport in a game cameo.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 9th December 2015

Kenneth Williams' 12 classic quotes

The actor's private letters and diaries have been preserved for the nation and offer a revealing insight into his troubled genius.

Tom Parry, The Mirror, 4th December 2015

Tom Parry interview

2015 is the year that has seen Tom Parry go solo with his critically acclaimed debut show Yellow T-shirt, something which earned him a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

Bad Scents Of Humour, 26th September 2015

This week's new live comedy

Previews of Doug Stanhope, Tom Parry and Frisky & Mannish.

James Kettle, The Guardian, 25th September 2015

Tom Parry: The least cynical comedian on the circuit?

Yellow T-Shirt isn't merely clowning around though; Tom Parry delights with staunch opinions on fancy dress (large surface area, he maintains, is the key to a winning costume), and produces a hilarious hand signal you'll be aching to use on the next person who pisses you off -- all the while wearing a huge ear-to-ear grin.

Will Noble, Londonist, 24th September 2015

Ones to watch

Alice Jones selects Shappi Khorsandi, Sam Simmons and Tom Parry as her shows to watch.

Alice Jones, The Independent, 21st August 2015

The Wrestling - Preview Videos

Watch the videos ahead of this year's Wrestling show in Edinburgh. Max & Ivan, Aisling Bea, Joel Dommett, Tom Parry, Mike Wozniak and Joe Lycett are amongst the stars.

British Comedy Guide, 12th August 2015

Edinburgh preview: Tom Parry

Every sketch group needs its resident idiot and Pappy's has Tom Parry.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 27th July 2015

Interview: rarely asked questions - Matthew Crosby

Following yesterday's interview with Pappy's lynchpin Tom Parry, today we are gently probing the tiniest (in height) member of Pappy's, Matthew Crosby, whose solo show is at Just The Tonic's Mash House from August 6 - 30.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 26th July 2015

Interview: rarely asked questions - Tom Parry

An interview with Tom Parry.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 25th July 2015

What can 'chin-strokey' theatre learn from stand-up?

Comedian Tom Parry and indie theatre-maker Hester Chillingworth are exploring what would happen if performance art and stand-up swapped audiences.

Brian Logan, The Guardian, 12th March 2015

Five questions for BEASTS

Silly comedy trio BEASTS return to Edinburgh in August, bringing their mad bag of sketches to the Pleasance. They let Giggle Beats in on their new show, SOLO, working with Tom Parry of Pappys, and more.

Lorenzo Pacitti, Giggle Beats, 18th July 2014

Interview: Pappy's

Hold on to your takeaway pizzas, Matthew Crosby, Ben Clark and Tom Parry return to BBC3 on June 2 for the second series of Badults.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 30th May 2014

The Typhleotris is a freshwater fish that lives in Madagascar's limestone caves, a habitat of such consummate darkness that nature has not bothered to provide it with eyes. But even the Typhleotris, with a bag over its head, sealed inside a box, would have been able to see the jokes coming in Badults.

Not all the jokes, it has to be said. BBC3's new sketch show/sitcom hybrid served up several that were genuinely inspired and laugh-out-loud funny, suggesting the fault lay in lacklustre quality control rather than any shortfall in comic creativity.

But the wheat was bulked out by an awful lot of chaff, not to mention corn, which is very surprising for an inaugural episode out to impress.

Written and performed by Ben Clark, Matthew Crosby and Tom Parry - hitherto best known as award-winning fringe troupe Pappy's - Badults places immature adults into a flatshare environment, inevitably inviting - and suffering - comparison with a host of other comedies, notably The Young Ones, The Big Bang Theory, New Girl and even the works of the Three Stooges.

It has manic energy to spare, an engaging cast, cheerfully throwaway plotlines and an instinctive understanding of how to extract the most from its predominantly studio-bound setting.

The surreal inserts - Darwin comes alive off a £10 note to comment on the action - look a bit tired, and the central characters need far clearer delineation, but Badults shows a lot of promise.

However, poor Emer Kenny will need an awful lot more to work with if she is going to make any impression as fourth flatmate Rachel, sidelined almost as soon as she appeared and looking every bit the arbitrary, add-on female.

Harry Venning, The Stage, 26th July 2013