Luke Thompson is an English stand-up comedian from London who now lives and works in Paris. He has been an English teacher for over 14 years and that has taken him to such glamorous and exotic international locations as Tokyo, Oslo and Solihull. Luke has been doing stand-up for nearly 6 years in London, Brighton and in Paris. He also produces an award-winning podcast called “Luke’s English Podcast” which combines comedy and English teaching.
“Most of my listeners start listening to my podcast because they want to improve their language skills, but then I manage to sneak in some comedy in there, without them realising. In fact, this technique is so affective that listeners rarely even laugh or express any kind of enjoyment while they are listening” says Luke, who particularly enjoys writing his own bio for comedy shows, because of the “creative opportunities it offers” although that is often mixed with the awkward fear that he shouldn’t be doing it – writing his own bio like this I mean. “Quoting myself as if someone actually interviewed me and then took the time to summarise the whole thing in a paragraph, with punctuation and everything. That’s just self-indulgent, isn’t it – but everyone does it.”
That may be true, but making stuff up for fun is central to Luke’s philosophy, although he sometimes worries that he might come across as pretentious. “I don’t want to seem like abit of a twat”, he says with absolute sincerity. Really though, despite the way this bio is all post-modern and self-referential, Luke is a reliably funny and slightly surreal presence on stage, and he was described by Chotle.co.uk as having “a promising future”, and that was in about 2010, so come and enjoy that future which he guaranteed would happen 5 years go.