Play: True West: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2006
The Very Best of the Fest: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2012
Best of the Fest: Assembly Hall, Edinburgh, 2018
Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of The Fringe: (2 shows) Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2019
Return of The Craic Online Comedy Club: Online: 2021
Canadian comedian Tom Stade appeared with Phil Nichol in Sam Shepherd’s play True West which tackles the subject of sibling rivalry that I saw at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2006.
I have also to date seen Stade perform a twenty-minute set as part of the Very Best of the Fest showcase in 2012. He rejoiced in his own failings and pondered on the peculiarities of life. His blistering set consisted of hard-nosed humour, voracious disruption and loads of enthused inventiveness.
Stade featured on the bill for the Best of The Fest showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2018. He made me laugh a lot with his relaxed, laid-back comedy and razor-sharp wit. Stade reflected upon life’s problems and wanted to know truthful answers. He was a very popular act with the audience.
The comedian again appeared twice for the Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of The Fringe showcase that I saw in Edinburgh in August 2019. Celebrating thirty years of stand-up comedy, he delivered stories about accepting change with his customary essence and energy using brilliant audience interaction. He was deservedly presented with a Spirit of The Fringe ‘Merv’ award.
In March 2021, Stade headlined Return of The Craic Online Comedy Club. Part chart with compere Jarlath Regan and part routine, Stade was brilliant at delivering frustration in his stories of coping with lockdown.