Six years ago, at the age of 21, Tom GK landed his dream job -a regular music critic for London's Daily Telegraph. Tom reviewed everyone from Bob Dylan and Muse to Usher and Britney Spears. Only problem was, Tom had a secret: his hearing was rapidly deteriorating.
During a Foo Fighters gig, Tom finally accepted he had to seek help and swapped his life of guitars and notebooks for doctors, MRI scans and hearing tests.
He was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, neurofibromatosis II and found himself no longer able to do the job he loved.
But rather than give up, Tom looked towards the one other thing he was good at … making people laugh. And because every music critic, in reality, wants to be on stage, he's written a musical!
Tom has performed three smash hit shows at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival (Rights & Responsibilities in 2016, 2017's What Bowie Did Next and Hearing Loss: The Musical). His mixture of impressions, music and character work has been described as "spot on" by List and has seen him support UK superstar comedian Stuart Lee on stage. He continues to mix performing with writing regularly for the British press, including the Daily Telegraph, Guardian and other publications.
"I've had some very hard times – and there's some harder times undoubtedly ahead," says Tom.
"But finally bringing my story to life has been transformative. What's been even more amazing is the amount of people who also suffer hearing loss who come along and want to talk about their experiences too. I'm honoured and excited to bring the show to Perth Fringe World and Adelaide Fringe Festival and take the story global. Hearing loss is a huge taboo in our society and if I can get audiences singing and dancing about it with me then it's a massive step forward."
Tom GK: Hearing Loss, The Musical! features as part of Lazy Susan's Comedy Den Fringe World program from 7 to 10 February at 7pm. There will be an AUSLAN INTERPRETER for the show on Thursday 7 February. Tickets are now on sale through fringeworld.com.au and priced from $20 - $27. For more information on Tom GK, please visit www.facebook.com/TomGKcomedy
Tickets are now on sale through fringeworld.com.au and priced from $20 - $27.
For more information on Tom GK, please visit www.facebook.com/TomGKcomedy
Tom GK and his friend Tom Skelton, who is vision-impaired, are also presenting a family show Did you Hear What I Saw, during Fringe World for three shows at Subiaco Arts Centre.