Tom Wrigglesworth

Tom Wrigglesworth

Biography

A softly spoken Yorkshireman sporting the massive curly mane of a mad scientist, Wrigglesworth is funny before he’s even reached the punchline. But this comedy heavyweight is no cheap trickster – his left-field, observational brand of stand-up is, if anything, of the more considered calibre. One critic even called his storytelling “elegant” – a word not often heard in comedy. Sitting at a career peak somewhere between newcomer and veteran, Wrigglesworth can look back on a distinguished ascent, which began sharply when he was crowned winner of Channel 4’s new comedian competition So You Think You’re Funny in 2003. Significant silverware was added to the shelf when Tom was named Time Out London’s Breakthrough Performer of the Year back in 2009, in the wake of his hit solo show An Open Return Letter to Richard Branson – which notoriously took the entrepreneur to task for the unfairness of his fares. It told the true story of how Wrigglesworth engineered a whip-round to help an elderly lady who was being forced to buy a new ticket – only for both Tom and the pensioner to be chucked off the train and arrested by police officers waiting at the next station. The controversial show went on to tour internationally, was adapted for BBC Radio, and earned Wrigglesworth a nomination for the much-coveted Edinburgh Comedy Award – what used to be the Perrier awards – solidifying his status as a top tier comic, and a celebrated “People’s Hero” to boot. The experience also inspired the radio series Tom Wrigglesworth’s Open Letters, in which he went on to throw shame at other maddening corporate policies. It was followed by Tom Wrigglesworth’s Hang Ups, also on BBC Radio 4, which focused on fictional calls back to his family in Sheffield. With more awards, festival, TV and radio appearances than we can list – eclectic telly experiences include predicting the future in Electric Dreams and dismantling a jumbo jet in Engineering Giants, both for BBC2 – Wrigglesworth is firmly established as one of the most respected and original voices working in UK comedy today.

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