Friday Night Dinner's Tom Rosenthal brings new comedy show to Swindon

By Swindon Link - 12 June 2019

Arts and Culture
  • Credit: Idil Sukan

    Credit: Idil Sukan

Tom Rosenthal, star of Friday Night Dinner, Plebs and Drunk History will be bringing his new comedy show Manhood to Swindon in October.

  • Credit: Idil Sukan

    Credit: Idil Sukan

Coming in the wake of Tom Rosenthal's return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August after a six year absence, the actor and comedian will be bringing his new show Manhood to Swindon Arts Centre, Thursday 3 October.

Like one in three men on the planet, Tom has been circumcised. Unlike them, he's written a comedy show about it. Tom has spent his whole life obsessed by the theft of his foreskin. How should you feel when part of you has been cut off for no obvious reason, but everyone just tells you it's normal?

This is the story of a journey into manhood, but without one.

Tom Rosenthal said: “After a decade of being a coward and performing exclusively a) to sycophantic festival crowds or b) within a mile of my flat, I am terrified to embark on my first proper tour. I have been doing stand-up intermittently for the past ten years and now think it’s time to travel around the country charging people a full ticket price to watch. Feel free to buy one to see if I’m right.

"I cannot express how much this show is about being circumcised, please do not come under any other illusion. Basically I’m travelling near your town to talk about my dick and invite you to come and see whether I’ve made a terrible mistake in doing so.”

Tom took his debut stand-up comedy show, Child of Privilege, to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011. That year he won the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year title competition and was subsequently nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at the British Comedy Awards. On television, Tom has featured on Drunk History (Comedy Central) and Roast Battle (Comedy Central).

As an actor, Tom made his bow as Jonny Goodman in the award-winning Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner and in 2013 landed the lead role in much-loved ITV2 comedy Plebs, a new series of which will air later this year. Along with Naz Osmanoglu, Tom wrote and starred in BBC3 series Flat TV, and he created and starred in web-series Absolutely Fine for Comedy Central. He is to play Private Frank Pike in the UK Gold's Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes, and appeared in Horrible Histories (CBBC). He has also featured in Broadchurch (ITV), Breathless (ITV) and as the voice of Brandon Berrenger in Thunderbirds Are Go. Tom’s stage credits include Dominic Cooke’s production of Chicken Soup with Barley at The Royal Court, for which he drew widespread plaudits, and Simon Callow’s The Philanthropist at Trafalgar Studios.

For further information about Manhood, and to purchase tickets visit

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