Tom Mayhew was unemployed for 3 years from the age of 18. This is a story of rejections, the JobCentre, being working-class, and fighting for your place in the world.
With lots of jokes……..
This debut show explores what it is like for someone in their 20s in 2019. While some seem to think we have it all, the reality is that many of us can’t afford to move out of our parent’s place. This is a show rallying against the notion that those on benefits are lazy, or selfish, or scroungers.
It is going against the idea that poor people are poor because they didn’t work hard enough. It is celebrating those who come from nothing, while asking: why does society make those at the bottom feel so much shame for needing help, when they are the ones who need support more than anyone else?
Tom Mayhew is a stand-up comedian, writer, podcaster and actor. He covers many topics in his stand-up, including politics, being working-class and mental health. He likes to write stand-up that is a mix of the brutally honest and the ridiculous.
Tom won The Comedy Store’s King Gong in 2016, was nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017, and reached the BBC New Comedy Award Semi-Finals in 2018. He has also written for The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4) and NewsJack (BBC Radio 4 Extra), and has performed on BBC Radio 1.
I, Tom Mayhew
Venue: Soho Theatre – Upstairs
Date: January 16th – 18th