Biography

Canadian émigré Tom Stade has earned a reputation as one of the most distinctive and engaging stand-up talents around. Arriving in the UK back in 2001, he instantly made a splash on the circuit with his magnetic stage presence and first-class storytelling. He chose to make the UK his home, and after many years as a headliner and playing at international comedy festivals around the globe, he is now firmly established as a leading touring act and has amassed a legion of loyal fans along the way.

A prolific and innovative talent, Tom is a regular at the Edinburgh festival; and has toured the UK with a brand-new show every year since 2011, playing to packed houses and garnering rave reviews. He returned to the Edinburgh Festival this year with his latest solo show You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet and is set to tour again extensively across the UK throughout 2020.

Tom’s irrepressible charm translated effortlessly to TV, and he has been invited onto every major stand-up TV show in the country. He has performed on BBC One’s The John Bishop Show and has performed twice on BBC One’s Live at the Apollo. He performed to his largest live audience to date joining the star-studded line-up on Ch4’s Comedy Gala at London’s 02 arenas.

He has also performed on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Lee Mack’s All-Star Cast, both for BBC One, Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live for BBC Three and The Boyle Variety Performance for Ch4. He has performed twice on Ch4’s Stand-Up for the Week, was given an extended set on Dave’s One Night Stand and has also guested on BBC 2’s topical panel show Mock The Week. Other stand-up appearances include Comedy Central’s The World Stand’s Up, ITV2’s Comedy Cuts and multiple performances on Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store.

Tom was the co-writer and co-star of Frankie Boyle’s Ch4 infamous and edgy series Tramadol Nights. He has starred as a spoof chat-show host in Come Fringe Yourself with Tom Stade, which was recorded at the Edinburgh festival in 2015 and gathered a cult online following. He then went on to co-write and star in an online series entitled M.U.F.F. alongside Daniel Sloss. The innovative series; which was set in an anarchic TV production company was entirely independently funded produced and encapsulated Tom’s carefree, entrepreneurial spirit and wild imagination.

Back in his native Canada, Tom appeared in the critically acclaimed sitcom The Newsroom and the award-winning feature film ‘My Own Private Oshawa’. As a stand-up, he starred in his own hour special for CBC/Comedy Central ‘Stade and Confused’.

A stylish and engaging live performer, Tom remains in great demand internationally and has accepted invitations to perform at notable comedy festivals worldwide including New York, Aspen, Montreal, Toronto, Amsterdam, Kilkenny, Adelaide, Melbourne and New Zealand.

He has regularly entertained British troops overseas, braving the freezing cold Falklands, and been under fire in Afghanistan and Iraq; proving his utter versatility and universal appeal.

His brilliance and flair earned him a nomination for Best Headliner at the Chortle Awards.

Tom Stade Live was released on DVD in 2013 and is widely available online.

Tom has since recorded and produced subsequent live shows: I Swear; which is now available to download for free from his website and I Swear To which has been produced and released as a special via Next Up Comedy. 30 years on the comedy frontline and this Canadian legend remains as engaging, innovative and hilarious as ever.

Watch ‘Tom Stade Live’ on Amazon Prime

Tom Stade on Stage

Edinburgh International Festival

2019 You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose

2018 ~ Tom Stade: I Swear To – Gilded Balloon White Rose Theatre

2017 ~ Tom Stade I Swear – Gilded Balloon Debating Hall

2015 ~ Tom Stade: You’re Welcome – Assembly Rooms

Giant Leap – Pleasance – starring alongside Phil Nichol

2014 ~ Tom Stade Decisions, Decisions – Assembly Rooms

2013 ~ Tom Stade: 12 Nights Only – Assembly Rooms, Limited Run

2012 ~ Tom Stade Totally Rocks – Pleasance Courtyard

2011 ~ Tom Stade: What Year Was That? – Pleasance Courtyard

2008 ~ Tom Stade: Oh Fuck! Do I need a Title Too? – The Stand

2007 ~ Tom Stade: Setlist – The Stand

2006 ~ Tom Stade: and Relax – The Stand

True West – Assembly Rooms – starring alongside Phil Nichol in Pulitzer prize-winner, Sam Shepard’s, comical expose of sibling rivalry.

TV Performances

The John Bishop Show – (BBC 1)

Live At The Apollo – (BBC 1)

Comedy Gala – London 02 Arena in 2013 (CH4)

Michael McIntyre’s ‘Comedy Roadshow

Lee Mack’s ‘All-Star Cast’ Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC 3)

The Boyle Variety Performance (CH4)

Stand-Up for the Week (CH4)

One Night Stand

The World Stand’s Up (Comedy Central)

Comedy Cuts (ITV2)

The Comedy Store (Comedy Central)

Tramadol Nights (Frankie Boyle’s Ch4 series: co-writer and co-star)

The Newsroom (Sitcom series, Canada)

My Own Private Oshawa (CBC/Comedy Central – ‘Stade and Confused’)

Come Fringe Yourself with Tom Stade – (Spoof internet chatshow)

M.U.F.F – (online sitcom with Daniel Sloss)

International Festivals

Melbourne April 2013 Best of the Edinburgh Festival

Kilkenny June 2008

Melbourne March/April 2008 Best of the Edinburgh Fest

Adelaide Feb/March 2007 Best of the Edinburgh Fest

Kilkenny June 2006

Adelaide Feb/March 2006 Best of the Edinburgh Fest

New Zealand March 2006