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The word ‘cult’ swirls ominously around Tom Stade’s name. The Canadian comedian, who has been performing since 1989, seems to have hovered tantalisingly close to the mainstream over the last decade but has never quite been lauded with the celebrity he deserves. Frustratingly, the ingredients seem to be there: co-writing and co-starring credits on Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights, pop-up appearances with big ballers Michael McIntyre and Lee Mack and a permanent pitch at the Edinburgh Festival.

A new four month UK tour suggests Stade has no shortage of wickedly funny observations, or fans to entertain, as he marches into middle age. If you haven’t had the pleasure of his company yet you can get a tease of his lovingly abrasive, old stoner persona from his YouTube channel, and catch him live at The Witham in Barnard Castle on Friday 15th, Queen’s Hall in Hexham on Saturday 16th and The Stand, Newcastle on Sunday 17th March, and later in the year, at Darlington’s Theatre Hullabaloo on Friday 3rd May.

Personally, I’ve had a bit of a soft spot for Stade since I saw him at a comedy club in Leeds ten years ago and laughed my arse off. Live, he is unforgettable, charming and wickedly dirty, and you should try your best to see him in the flesh and allow him to wobble your moral compass for a couple of hours.


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