You may know him best as ‘The Sensational Alex Salmond Gastric Band’, with tracks titled ‘Hurricane Bawbag’, ‘A Bam in West George Street’, and ‘The Boy Fae Auchtermuchty’ – you could not be mistaken for the Scottish roots!
We caught up with Tommy to find out more about his unique comedy style, his favourite comedians and what we can expect from his Edinburgh Fringe show.
Where do you gain your lyric inspiration from?
A guy called Neil.
Are there any particular Edinburgh comedy venues you prefer?
I like any that’ll have me, but have a soft spot for The Jazz Bar which isn’t really a comedy venue but has a great stage with a grand piano. Camii’s Tea Time there every Saturday is a lovely place to be.
How would you describe your comedic style?
What do you think of Edinburgh’s comedy scene out with the Edinburgh Fringe?
It’s pretty vibrant. There’s lots of new acts popping up every time I go out. Sometimes there’s lots of new punters too.
Are there any local comedians you would recommend to us?
Too many to mention. However, if you haven’t seen Jim Park, then go see him. I’ve seen his act a million times and it still cracks me up every time.
How do you find the Edinburgh audiences out with the Fringe?
Very touristy. I’m always relieved when there’s a good proportion of Scots in the audience. They tend to be a tad livelier.
How did you get the accolade for ‘Fife Comedian of the year 2011’?
I entered a competition and won. In Fife. Don’t laugh. It’s serious.
What inspired you to start ‘The Sensational Alex Salmond Gastric Band’?
The clue is in…look – you have heard of Alex Harvey and Salmond haven’t you?!
Alex Harvey is a Scottish rock musician and Alex Salmond is the current first minister of Scotland – for those who don’t know!)
Are you performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe?
Yes. I’ll be performing at the Scottish Comedy Festival at this year’s Fringe at the Beehive Inn. I’ll be doing a musically updated version of a Dickens classic – Oliver Pissed. Expect songs, jokes and a middle aged man making an exhibition of himself.
For those who have yet to discover you, how would you describe your typical set?
A heady mix of industrial hard hitting social satire, parodying and celebrating the post ironic Celtic diaspora. Or a bloke strumming a guitar and singing about Anthea Turner’s Cock.
You can listen to the latest ‘The Sensational Alex Salmond Gastric Band’ track below:
You can find out more about Tommy at the following links:
Watch the latest video for track ‘Devo Macs’ below: