Tom Goodliffe first came to our attention on twitter when he joined in the Edinburgh Lies for Tourists day. His suggestions made us chuckle and his show Tom Goodliffe : The Good Liffe grabbed our eye in the Fringe programme.
Star of the Pleasance Comedy Reserve in 2010, Tom debuts his solo show this year about life, love and living the dream.
We caught up with Tom to find out a bit more about his plans for Edinburgh this year.
Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?
My show is in a room called The SpeakEasy at Cabaret Voltaire every afternoon at 3.45pm. It’s all about my journey from teenage uber-nerd to twenty-something accountant and how I escaped the rat race. That’s not all though! It’s also about cake and maths and speed-dating and escalators. You know, all the key comedy ingredients. It’ll be lots of fun and maybe just a little bit inspirational.
People should come to see the show if they’ve ever felt trapped in a job they despise, or if they just want a good laugh in the afternoon.
How will you be promoting your show?
I’ll be promoting the show by giving flyers to the general public and praying to the gods of comedy.
What are you expecting from the Fringe?
Coffee-fuelled, flyer-filled mornings and cake-fuelled, laughter-filled afternoons.
And what are you hoping for?
I’m just hoping all the equipment works! Last year I was a guest on a show called Tom:Foolery, a comedy showcase consisting entirely of comedians called Tom. Ten minutes in, there was a power cut in the venue. In true Fringe spirit, the show went on, with our faces illuminated by the other comedians’ cigarette lighters – a little dangerous when you have a beard!
If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?
I’ve always wanted to work with Kanye West, so I’d get him to flyer for me. And he could operate the lights. All of the lights.
Who else are you planning or hoping to see?
I plan my fringe meticulously on a spreadsheet so I can squeeze in as many shows as possible. Here’s what’s on it so far: Henry Paker, Holly Walsh, Joe Wilkinson, Josh Widdicombe, James Acaster, Nick Helm, Steve Hall, Tom Price, The Gentlemen of Leisure, James W Smith, Boyd & Metcalfe, Michael J Dolan… how long have you got?
What do you have planned for after the Fringe?
I’ll sleep for a week then open a new spreadsheet and start preparing for next year!
Sum up your show in three words for us:
Thanks Tom – we’re jealous of your spreadsheet skills!