Interview with Tom Stade

Tom Stade takes some time to talk to Voice about the show, inspirations, and to give advice to young people.

Interview with Tom Stade

Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?

What cave have you been living in...?! Tom Stade, and I hope there's a picture with this Q& face match it up…

How would you describe your show?

It will redefine what comedy means to I guess the word I'm looking for is Comedy Impact

Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

You know what now that you mention why do I want to do the festival...because I'm fucking mental and there's something not quite right about me..

What differentiates it from other festivals?

Omg you guys really don't know...ok 1 other festivals are in other cities... 2nd different festivals have different sponsors. 3rd some aren't as long as others, other than that they're all the same...

Do you think the Fringe has changed over the years? If so, how? Are these changes positive or negative?

No.... but then again I'm a comedian, and as comedians we tend not to notice stuff or our surroundings

What first motivated you to enter the industry? Who were your inspirations?

Oh, we're calling it an industry now? I remember when it was called art... We are not making cars in a factory...I got into it for love...have you heard of it...and the grand play of human existence is my inspiration

If you didn't have your current job, what would you probably be doing?

Again Job...would you ask Micheal Angelo that? So I hear they got you working at Sistine chapel...what the pay on that...can you get me in? If I wasn't doing this I'd be planning my accidental suicide so I could grab some sweet insurance money

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

You really need to read your own questions...

What is your earliest childhood art memory?

Finally a great question...When I did my first life sized marble sculpture of the of a 9 foot grizzly...entitled "You're going to die" when I was five.

Do you ever feel any pressure to be a social commentator, or constantly update material to respond to events?

It sounds like you're asking do you feel any pressure to be prolific? If you do, get in the groove of doing the same shit for the rest of your career.

Equally, do you think there has been a shift in public sentiment that has affected your work?

Yes... but I'm over it.

Describe the last year in 5 words or less?

I'll do it in three

If you could work with anybody, from any point in history, who would you pick and why?

Angela Merkel I just think we would I love hobbits..

Why would a performer opt to do either a ticketed event or participate in the free fringe? What are the benefits and limitations of both?

Cash my brothers and sisters...big ass rooms cost big ass money and if nobody knows you, you're not exactly going to hire a 600 theatre and ask people to put money in a bucket. The benefit is there is no limitations and limitations are there are no benefits...ohmmmm....

What advice would you give to someone who wants to take a show up to the fringe?

Have a new DVD come out just before you go you can use this one as an example…

When and where can people see your show?

All the info you need is right here, sexy

And where can people find, follow and like you online?

If you try hard enough you'll find me on's pretty fucking easy


Tom Inniss

Tom Inniss Voice Team

Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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