With a voice-over artist’s presence, a writer’s knack for a compelling through-line, and an Agincourt infantryman’s haircut, Tom Ward has deservedly claimed a seat at UK stand-up’s top table in the space of a few short years.
While the 2017 Chortle Best Newcomer Award (preceded by a plethora of nominations and competition finals) announced Tom to a wider audience, he had already debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe four years previously (on a triple-bill). Tom has returned to the Fringe each year since, and showcases on Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and Live At The BBC (BBC Worldwide) have brought his work to TV screens for the first time. Support slots on national tours by Hal Cruttenden and Gary Delaney have honed Tom’s natural ease in front of live audiences large and small, and helped shape him into one of the most vibrant and energetic prospects on the circuit today.
On any given night of the week, you’re liable to find Tom headlining bills in the comedy clubs of London if not touring festivals in Europe and beyond. Away from the stage, you may encounter his dulcet tones speaking to you from adverts for products as diverse as Tesco, Spiderman costumes, and the Maldives Tourist Board.
Watch Tom Ward: Sex, Snails & Cassette Tapes
Always welcoming his audience to the party, Tom celebrates life for all its sexy little touches, spinning tales of his favourite unsung heroes including cheap kettles, friendly perverts and Tupperware.
See Tom Ward Live
Information on Tom’s upcoming shows can be found here.
After flirtations with rock stardom (and being sacked from the last band he fronted for “being difficult”), Tom Ward first performed stand-up comedy in 2011.
Tom’s early sets saw him make finals and nomination lists for numerous awards and competitions, including the Leicester Square New Comedian Award 2013, the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014, and the Magners New Act of the Year Award 2015.
In 2014, Tom appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of a two-header, Bridge Over Toddled Warder, with Richard Todd. Another Fringe two-hander – A Ward-winning Storey, with Andy Storey – followed in 2015, before Tom returned with his first solo hour, the critically acclaimed Sex, Snails and Cassette Tapes (available through NextUp Comedy).
Tom’s rise through the comedy ranks was underlined by his being awarded the 2017 Chortle Award for Best Newcomer, and appearances on TV showcases Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and Live At The BBC (BBC Worldwide). In the summer of 2017, Tom returned to Edinburgh with his second solo show, Love Machine.
In addition to maintaining a busy touring schedule, Tom is also a highly regarded voice-over artist who has worked on numerous national and international advertising campaigns.