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5 May 1976 |
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
|Medium||Stand-up comedy, Radio and Television|
|Notable works and roles||Open Letters, Engineering Giants|
Tom Wrigglesworth is an English stand-up comedian He was born and raised in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. In 2009 he was nominated for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier awards) at the Edinburgh festival.
Wrigglesworth was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, the fourth of five siblings and was educated at King Ecgbert School. He went on to study Electrical Engineering then Acoustics at Salford University.
After graduating he worked in the telecommunications and satellite industry before caving in to friends' repeated requests to perform stand up comedy.
Wrigglesworth lives with his wife, a psychotherapist, in East London.
Wrigglesworth began performing stand up comedy in 2003 when we won the So You Think You're Funny award. In 2006 he quit his day job and became a full-time comedian on the UK comedy circuit.
His debut Edinburgh show in 2008 was titled ‘I’m Struggling to see how thats helping’ but it was his second hour long show, ‘An Open Return letter to Richard Branson’ in 2009 that bought him critical acclaim. The show was based on a true story, beginning with Wrigglesworth narrating a letter to Sir Richard Branson. It goes on to describe a hung over Wrigglesworth boarding a Virgin train at Manchester, and witnessing a ticket inspector forcing an OAP called Lena Ainscow to purchase a new full price train ticket. Wrigglesworth then conducted a whip round to help Lena, much to the annoyance of the ticket inspector, who arranged for the Police to meet the train at Euston, after stating Wrigglesworth would be charged with begging. Thanks to several other passengers becoming embroiled in the story, a furore ensued and he and Lena were released from Police questioning. The show ends with the conclusion of the letter to Richard Branson, the point of which was to ask Branson for help in making train fares fairer.
After the Edinburgh run, the show toured around the UK, New Zealand and the Montreal Comedy Festival before a half-hour version was aired on BBC Radio 4 in 2010.
His third Edinburgh show in 2010 called Tom Wrigglesworth’s Nightmare Dream Wedding then toured the UK, before Wrigglesworth took a two year hiatus from performing at the festival. In 2013 he returned with a new show called Utterly at Odds with the Universe which is expected to tour the UK and further afield in 2014. This show tracks the relationship he had with his Grandfather, centring around audio cassette interviews made in the mid 80’s, when Wrigglesworth was a small child.
Wrigglesworth regularly appears as a panellist on shows such as 'The Unbelievable Truth', ‘It’s Not What You Know’ and ‘It’s Your Round’, as well as providing the continuity links for one week every month on 'The Comedy Club' on BBC Radio 4 Extra.
In early 2011 he recorded a series of four live performances called ‘Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters' for BBC Radio 4. Each episode was based on different examples of maddening corporate policies in areas such as utility companies and wheel clampers. Each episode highlighted the sometimes infuriating rationales behind huge organisations, and featured a letter from his Grandmother to try and get to the bottom of the comedic issues raised in the programme. A second series of the same format was then aired in May 2012.
In 2013 he recorded his latest series for Radio 4, called 'Tom Wrigglesworth's Hang Ups'. The series is based on telephone calls he makes back to his family in Sheffield, interspersed with sections of stand up as the stories unfold. The series was written by Wrigglesworth and James Kettle with additional material from Miles Jupp. It was recorded live at the BBC Radio Theatre with Judy Parfitt, Kate Anthony and Paul Copley playing the parts of his Granny, Mum and Dad respectfully.
He also appears regularly alongside Rhod Gilbert on the Rhod Gilbert Radio show, Saturday mornings on BBC Radio Wales.
Wrigglesworth has twice appeared on Live at the Comedy Store for the Paramount Comedy Channel, as well as Edinburgh Comedy Live.
In 2009 he starred in three part BBC 2 TV series ‘Electric Dreams’, which took an ‘average’ British family back to the 1970s, 80’s then 90’s and charted their experience and reactions to gadgets that were available at the time.
In 2012 he co-hosted another three part series for BBC 2, ‘Engineering Giants’ which oversaw the dismantling and maintenance of massive machines, namely an oil platform, a passenger ferry and a Boing 747 Jumbo Jet.
He has also been a contributor for the programme ‘You Have Been Warned’ and ‘Dead or Alive’ for Discovery TV channel. He was recently voted 1098th best stand up 2013 on Digital Eye Forum from a 1100 strong line up and advised to become a Frank Zappa tribute act instead.
Awards and Nominations
- 2003 - So You Think You're Funny - Winner
- 2004 - Chortle Awards Best Newcomer - Nominee
- 2009 - Edinburgh Comedy Award - Nominee
- 2009 - Time Out Breakthrough Act - Winner
- 2010 - Chortle Best Show - Winner
- 2010 - Sony Radio Award - Winner
- 2010 - New Zealand Comedy Festival International Act - Winner
- "Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Letters". BBC.
- "The Unbelievable Truth Episode 9.2". The British Comedy Guide.
- "Engineering Giants : Jumbo Jet Stripdown". Radio Times.