Tom Allen (comedian)
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He trained with the National Youth Theatre performing with the company in London and Manchester in addition to working on outreach projects, films and also forming part of their Company Management Team.
At the age of 22 Allen won the UK's most prestigious comedy newcomer award So You Think You're Funny in 2005. The same year he won the BBC New Comedy Awards. He performed with fellow So You Think You're Funny winner Tom Wrigglesworth at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the show Allen & Wrigglesworth.
He has performed at Just For Laughs in Montreal, London’s Soho Theatre, New York’s UCB Theatre and has had his own show at the Edinburgh Fringe for the past three years - 'Tom Allen and Other Short Stories'; 'A Voyage Round My Mother' and 'Women!'
In 2009 he appeared in Channel 4's weekly TNT Show writing and presenting Dictionary Corner.
For television he has appeared in BBC’s Sensitive Skin, Fear of Fanny, the Frankie Howerd biopic Rather You Than Me and the series The Cut as well as Channel 4’s Law of the Playground. In 2008, he made his own documentary for E4 about identity entitled Who is Tom Allen?. In August 2015 and March 2016 he appeared on "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown" as a Dictionary Corner guest. In October 2016 he appeared as a guest on BBC2's The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice. In January 2017 he made his debut on Live at the Apollo in an episode hosted by Sarah Millican. In February 2017, he appeared as a panelist on The Dog Ate My Homework.
He has co-written and recorded 2 series of The Correspondent for BBC Radio 4. In 2009 he made guest appearances on Loose Ends, The Richard Bacon Show, Big Brother’s Big Mouth and Big Brother’s Little Brother.
Doctor Who audio
His character, Oliver Harper, is a city trader from 1966. He joined the First Doctor and Steven Taylor, in the audio play The Perpetual Bond, The Cold Equations and The First Wave. Oliver was the first ongoing companion created for the Companion Chronicles range.
Awards and nominations for stand up comedy
- Trickett, Amanda (20 August 2008). "Tom Allen: A Voyage Round My Mother". Metro. Retrieved 16 June 2012.