An interview with Tom Wrigglesworth


I was lucky enough to get to talk to the comedian, Tom Wrigglesworth, about his show, Utterly at Odds with the Universe.

The Linc: What is your show about and how does it relate to the title?

Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly at Odds with the Universe was the last thing my granddad said to me. When I was younger I used to go to my granddad’s house and just talk to him for hours. I would say that he greatly influenced my humour.

After he died, I found the cassette tapes that me and my granddad used to make from the age of seven. When I listened back to the tapes I realised how much I was like him, even more so than my mum or dad.

TL: Is there anyone else in your family who got you into comedy?

TW: Yeah my family is crazy, I have lots of mad uncles and they’re all comedians of sorts.

TL: Was it quite chaotic in your house then?

TW: Yes, so chaotic. I have lots of brothers and sisters. Even at the age of seven I would go to my granddad’s house seeking respite.

TL: Speaking of family, I loved the story you told about your dad accidently deleting the internet on his computer. Will there be material about your family in your show in Lincoln?

TW: No, they’re not in this one. Just my granddad and he’s not actually in it a great deal. The show is more about how he influenced me in later life.

Although, I do have a radio series on Radio 4 called Hang Ups, which my mum and dad feature in. My Dad is unwittingly the biggest source of my material.

TL: So you’ve been on tour for eight months now, where have you been and what have you been up to?

TW: Yeah I’ve been all over. I’ve been to Australia, New Zealand and Green Bay. More recently I’ve been in America, I got the chance to meet my doppelganger, the quarterback Acron Rodgers, which was cool.

Tom Wriggleworth’s show sounds as if there is a lot of sweet, poignant and funny material that people will be able to relate to.

He will be performing in Lincoln, at The Engine Shed on the 10th October 2014. Tickets are on sale now.

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