'I'VE PLAYED HULL. YOU GUYS ARE MY TYPE OF PEOPLE'
When: Sunday, June 24, 7.45pm
Where: Hull Truck Theatre, Ferensway, Hull
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Straight out of Canada: Brought up in the backwoods of British Columbia, Tom Stade began stand-up in his homeland – recording his own one-hour TV special Stade And Confused for the Comedy Network.
Stand-up stalwart: Tom is now a circuit stalwart who has appeared on shows including The Comedy Store, The Live Floor Show and The World Stands Up.
Festival fever: He made his Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut in 2006 with the show And Relax.
Tom Stade left British Columbia for Wolverhampton – but he's feeling better now, as he tells Matt Copeman
A fter living among the magnificent Rockies and rainforests of British Columbia, you can picture the confused look on Tom Stade's face when he first drove into Wolverhampton.
The Canadian's initial response, he admits, was: "How the hell did I end up here?"
The dour Midlands city was Tom's first experience of England's not so green and pleasant land when he arrived here several years ago. But since then, he has learnt to love the country in all its manifestations.
A 40-year-old man living the carefree life of a "naughty school boy" is how the comedian describes himself and he has been spreading his boyish charm across Britain ever since.
Tom has been touring the country since last spring and is due to arrive at Hull Truck Theatre later this month.
And having performed here, he admits he has a soft spot for the locals.
"I've played Hull before and it was good. You guys are my type of people," said the funnyman.
"You live how everyone should live, without a care in the world."
Adopted as one of Britain's own, Tom wins over his audience with his charming persona and his laid-back ethos on life.
"Anyone who takes life too seriously shouldn't come to my show," he said.
Now, based in Edinburgh – or rather Edin-burr-ow as he pronounces it in his woozy Canadian accent – where Tom lives with his wife and two children, he explains how he ended up in the Scottish capital.
"Well it's an improvement, I'll tell you that.
"I think Edinburgh chose me rather than me choosing it. I came up here to do the festival and it was kind of fun.
"Plus my kids got to skip a year of school and it's free education over here, so there's not a chance I'll be paying £9,000 for my kids to fail university."
Since hopping over the pond to Britain, Tom has spent much of his time on the road and has already started planning his next tour.
"I was 17 when I started living on the road, I'm used to it, being out here on your own, it's cool," he said.
"Sometimes the wife and kids come along and stay in hotels with me, which is nice," he added, unconvincingly.
For his comedy, the Canadian-turned-Brummie- turned-Scot draws on the many sticky situations he has experienced, as well as those everyday annoyances that we all endure.
Even when life may seem dull – probably why he moved from Wolverhampton – there are not many situations that Tom can't see the funny side to.
"You're making fun of the situations, not the people," he said.
"If someone was walking down the street with big ears and slipped on a banana, I'm not making fun of his big ears. I'm making fun of the fact he slipped on a banana."
And it is that relaxed outlook on life that has seen the comedian appear at Edinburgh Festival, as well as featuring on shows such as Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.
"I'm 40 now and I've been doing this for 23 years," he said.
"I find that the more I do it, the more my style of comedy evolves. Now I'm finding there are no boundaries and anything goes."
Though Tom loves being a stand-up and enjoys the Bohemian lifestyle that comes with being a comedian, he admits comedy wasn't his first love.
"I wanted to be an actor," he said. "But then at 17 I met a guy who invited me to a comedy club and I've never looked back.
"It was like I'd found my calling. I didn't know it would lead me here, but I went with the flow and I'm glad it did."