Stand-up comedy is often used as a route to more glamorous realms. Most talk show hosts in the US and some in the UK are or have been stand ups. Many actors too and even movie stars herald from stand-up. Michael Keaton. Eddie Murphy. Woody Allen. Tim Allen. Steve Martin. John Candy. Kevin Hart…
But few ‘stars’ make this journey in reverse. To go from a lofty, better paid, more cushy area of show-business to the exposing stage of the stand-up comedy club – the profession which is often called the hardest of them all. Certainly harder than acting; whereby in the vast majority of cases, it is roles that make stars and not the other way round. What I mean by this is; Hans Solo made Harrison Ford a star and this was Mr Ford’s great fortune. Not that he isn’t a worthy exponent of his ‘craft’ – but just whoever snagged that role in that franchise was likely to become a ‘star.’
So it is with some surprise that I read on-line that Tom Holland fancies becoming a stand-up comedian.
Perhaps Tom has developed a taste for the live audience from his few appearances at Comic-Cons – where undoubtedly, he gets some hearty laughs. But still… as Tom says himself, these are captive audiences and wholly partisan.
How might he fare with an unsuspecting comedy club crowd? Albeit, most will recognise him and there will be much excitement when he arrives on-stage but once any mania subsides, will begin the process of actually being and saying funny.
Not that I don’t think he might have the required chops.
Anyone who has read Eclipsed, will know that I have form in under-estimating the capabilities of my first born.
And more latterly, I have been called out for being jealous and bitter about Tom’s success and as such, is it any wonder that I am sceptical of this possible career move.
Truth be told – Tom is a young man already – financially independent and the architect of his own destiny. He might well choose to whet his comedy feet and it would not surprise me at all if laughs and gigs start to roll in.
I have never felt a need to write a sequel to Eclipsed – for myriad reasons but the central one being what would I write? But if Tom does add stand-up star to his CV – something I have never myself achieved, then who knows… A Total Eclipse by Dominic Holland might yet be conceived and perish the thought.
As ever, I remain a hands-on dad and I will help Tom in this quest (if asked, of course.) He might well use star power and call in more illustrious comics than his old man.
But let me say this…
Although I will support my son in whatever he pursues – pertaining to stand-up comedy – I do hope that I will never be required to support him literally.
But that said, stranger things have happened in my show-biz life, so strap in everybody.