‘Everything is Fine’ opened with a brief set from Harrison Engstrom who welcomed the crowd through a slightly self-deprecating set. While Harrison’s material did not necessarily coalesce with Tom’s, he did well to set up an enjoyable pretext to start the show.
Once onstage, Tom covered everything from breakfast food, family and school to reality television. His style had a slow pace that was measured. He brought lots of laughs but these were spaced out between periods of low intensity setups. Tom had similarities to Richard Osman at times, both in his delivery and wit… as well as looks.
Tom could work on his pacing, primarily to bring more energy to the show overall. In periods where he was evidently enthusiastic about the material, the show benefited. When there were extended lulls, the show waned. Despite the long-winded nature to some of the stories, most had a decent payoff throughout.
‘Everything is Fine’ was largely an enjoyable show. While it did not feel groundbreaking, Tom demonstrated a lot of good things in both comedic technique and execution.
Check out Tom Clarke in ‘Everything is Fine’ from 19 to 22 April 2018. For more information and to book tickets, click here.