Tom Houghton how he transitioned from performing as part of a group to becoming a solo stand up comedian


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In this conversation I chat to comedian Tom Houghton (

Tom has shared line-ups with the likes of Michael McIntyre, John Bishop, Jason Manford and Jack Whitehall and has supported Daniel Sloss, Justin Moorhouse and more recently Milton Jones on tour. Tom has performed 3 critically acclaimed solo Edinburgh Fringe shows and a sold out run at London’s Soho Theatre.

Previously with The Noise Next Door he has appeared on BBC1, BBC3, ITV3, Channel 4 and has featured in‘The Jim Jeffries Show’ for Comedy Central and most recently filmed ‘Roast Battle’ also for Comedy Central.

This was great chat, we covered lots of ground. Tom talks me through his work out regime during lockdown, the experience of supporting Milton Jones on tour and breaks down his several year comedy career plan. He also describes the challenging transition of leaving his improv group 'The Noise Next Door' to pursue a career as a solo stand up comedian. Tom explains the benefits of performing Improv for 10 years, the pros and cons to touring solo and how it led to panic attacks. And Tom also defines the strategies he used to get himself into a healthier place mentally and emotionally.

We talk about the importance of having hobbies that have nothing to do with work, with no outcome and how Tom learned to value life experiences over his career. Tom also describes his relationship with his military Dad and what it was like living in the Tower of London!

He explains why the best acts don't feel they are competing against each other and why you shouldn’t do it, he details his experiences of creating online comedy content and loads more!

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