He’s Australia’s most beautiful comedian, but Tommy Dassalo is going through an ugly break up. Heartbreak isn’t a revolutionary topic when it comes to stand up, but you definitely won’t have seen anything like this before. Dassalo has illustrated an entire book so that the audience can read along with his relationship misery. It sounds twisted, but the best comedy often is.
Dassalo has everything working for him. He has the best relationship with his audience and they laugh the whole way through; at his improv-ing, his storytelling, his slightly disturbing drawings. But I can’t remember ever leaving a comedy show on the verge of tears. Like a great playwright, Dassalo somewhat lures you into a false sense of security as you chuckle through the set. You’re enjoying sexual Connect 4 and then completely out of nowhere you’re hit with this oh so poignant ending, even though it’s set to the music of The New Radicals, and the show’s just finished. I would suggest going with friends so that you have someone to hug when you leave the room, it’s better than sniffling down Swanston Street.
You can buy the Little Golden Dassalo book on the night for $10, but I’ve also heard that women in the audience are leaving their numbers in the back for him to find. The choice is entirely up to you, just make sure you go and see this. This morning the show was nominated for The Golden Gibbo award so get in there before he sells out.
And now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to listen to ‘Get What You Give’ for the umpteenth time.
– Joanna Trainor
Joanna is a Journalism student on exchange from London, currently studying at RMIT. Having missed Edfringe last year she is absolutely loving being around Melbourne for the Comedy Fest. She can often be found singing too many show tunes, and drinking all the coffee. Follow her on Twitter, @mintpixeljo, for more stagey ramblings.
When: Until 17th April, 8.45pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Where: The Downstairs Lounge @ The Swanston Hotel