Tommy Little: I’ll See Myself Out

By Dali Sulejmani-Blackwel 

Tommy Little, in his performance I’ll See Myself Out demonstrates why he has become such a well-known TV personality, with his strong wit and relatable content he is also truly excellent in his showmanship.

Straight up Tommy shows his innate ability to involve the crowd in his performance, treating them as old friends. He does not shy away from audience members taking photos of him or showing off his improv skills while chatting with the crowd and he does not let many off lightly, whether audience members or objects of his humour.

Little, is a middle-aged single man dealing with losing his youth, but keeping young at heart which gives him the knack to relate to those of all ages. The show is like catching up with a mate who’s got many a tall tale to share. Tommy also covered a smorgasbord of topics, ranging from betting on the uber eats driver to skydiving. At times it felt like a show within a show, the side titbits arguably take up most of the show but it sure pays off, as it gets the audience gasping for air or on the edge of their seats.

Tommy’s personability allows him to perform sometimes edgy material that would shock and awe those not accustomed to his no-holds-barred brand of comedy. Little, is the naughty class clown you can’t get enough of, his comedy is superficial at times, but it is sure to make you laugh, cringe or both at the same time.

I’ll See Myself Out makes you think about that adage, time flies when you are having fun. Little’s delivery of jokes about the seemingly banal moments in life is a laugh riot and this is certainly a show worth seeing this year.

Tommy Little performs I’ll See Myself Out until 17th of April

Tommy Little – Enter the Weapon

By Hannah FrazerTommy Little

Comedian, actor, Radio/TV host, There really doesn’t seem to be much that Tommy Little can’t do. From the minute he walks out on stage Little makes you want to immediately leave with him for the Pub round the corner and just relax with whatever’s on tap.

Little’s show ‘Enter the Weapon’ is really a self- help seminar, he is your lecturer on ‘How to save face, and effortlessly hide your weird’. Little is unpretentious and relatable while also oozing charisma and just all over coolness.

Since starting his Nova Breakfast radio gig, life has changed slightly for Little. While he may still be share housing he knows how to casually flaunt his increased bank balance. His new attitude being, “I don’t need a kilo of cured meat, no one needs a kilo of prosciutto, but you know what, Imma have it anyway”.

Little’s ability to play off the audience is also impressive. No matter what odd or peculiar remarks are thrown at him, he takes on the challenge and seems to enjoy the shake-up his carefully constructed material gets.

Whether it be a failed pick up attempt, walking in with snacks to keep up his energy levels when bravely getting a new tattoo or a less than graceful sky diving experience, Little makes you feel better about things, as you realise “It’s not just me! There are others, just as strange and wonderful as me out there”.

You can’t ignore Little’s professional success, as over the past few years he has gone from strength to strength. But no matter how popular he becomes, it is he down to earth, boy next door persona that draws you in. Usually if you were in the presence of someone that referees to themselves in the third person with their self-made nickname you would generally be right to walk in the other direction. However you really won’t want to walk away from this guy. Little’s show is like ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘Game of Thrones’ you really need to watch it and keep up with it, because it’s all anyone will be talking about tomorrow at work, and you don’t want to seem uncool.

Enter The Weapon is on at ACMI until April 19

Comedy Xmas Shows Are Coming to Town

By Lisa Clark

All around Melbourne the comedy venues are putting together Christmas shows with more laughs than you’ll find in any Christmas Cracker. We put together a list and you can check it twice. These are all the Christmas shows we know about, coming to Melbourne this December, including some exciting live podcast recordings.


The Bella Union Bar is in a Seriously Festive mood and has a lot of Christmas cheer to offer. Comedy wise there are three main offerings.

Sweetest Plum – How the Plum Stole Christmas 
Podcasters Nick Maxwell and Declan Fay will present their usual razor sharp banter**, with a star-studded line-up of celebrity guests***

**   Razor sharp banter is not guaranteed.
*** Star-studded line-up may just be Gatesy, on a stool, with a guitar
Date: 14th December, 2014
Time: 5:00pm
Price: $20/15


After Dinner Mint Christmas Spectacular By The Lords Of Luxury 
The final After Dinner Mint of the year features:
– Master of the dark arts, David Quirk
– Masters of mayhem, Aunty Donna
– Master of sideburns, Hairy Soul Man aka Kai Smythe
Plus many special guests AND a visit from the one and only Santa Claus!

Hosted by The Lords of Luxury with music from Gillian Cosgriff.

Date: Tuesday December 9
Time: 8:30pm.
Price: Presale $12/9  or $15/10 at the door


A Swinging Bella Christmas 

This will be a musical comedy show with MC Casey Bennetto and his co-host being comedy chanteuse Geraldine Quinn with their band the Bella All Stars. On Thursday 18th the special guests will be Alan Brough and Mike McLeish and on Friday the special guests will be Tripod so you can no doubt go to both and are pretty much guaranteed a sensational time.

Thur 18 Dec 2014
Fri 19 Dec 2014

Time: 7:30pm
Price: $35 Full $30 Group $25 Conc



What The Dickens!

Travel back in time to 1851, to Victorian England and the great age of discovery and storytelling. Created from your suggestions, tales of sweet-hearted heroes, sickly orphans, bumbling constables and winsome ladies are woven into a new, unique Dickensian tale every night.

Play parlour games like Poor Pussy, the Laughing Game and join Melbourne’s finest improvisors for mince pies and some Christmas cheer in the wonderful ‘curiosity shoppe’ that is The Butterfly Club.

Wednesday 17 December 2014    6:00pm
Thursday 18 December 2014     7:00pm
Friday 19 December 2014  7:00pm
Saturday 20 December 2014     7:00pm
Sunday 21 December 2014       6:00pm

Price $28/23


The Comedy Gallery @ Jacksons Christmas 
Jacksons – 8 Jackson Street Toorak

With Marty Fields, Nelson Twins, Andrew Brown, Dale Craig and Mayumi Nobetsu

Date: Tue  16 Dec
Price: $25 SHOW ONLY  $50 MEAL & SHOW – contact details for dinner and show bookings – 9827 8244
Time: 8.30


THE GH HOTEL (formally Greyhound Hotel) St Kilda

Joel Creasey’s Office Christmas Party 

Joel Creasey and special guests share their Christmas tales, disasters and songs. Join Australia’s finest comedians and celebrities at Joel’s office Christmas party!

Seating is unallocated- come down early for some pre-show Christmas cheer!

This is an ALL AGES event however anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Date: Sat 6th December, 2014
Time: 7:00pm (Doors open at 6pm for 7 – 8:30pm show.)
Price: $30 or $33.80 with Booking fee

Bookings through Moshtix


LOCAL LAUGHS presented by Janet A Mcleod 

At The Local Taphouse – 184 Carlisle St StKilda

With Janet’s famous Christmas style, decorations, the inimitable Andrew McClelland as MC and guests who so far include: Matt Elsbury, Rusty Berther, Dilruk Jayasinha and Cal Wilson, it’s sure to be a jolly good wiz bang night.

Date: Mon 22nd Dec
Time: 8.30pm
Price: $15/12



238 Victoria St Melbourne (opposite Queen Vic Market)

The Public Bar Xmas Show

With Steele Saunders, who will be cooking up an all-star mystery line up.

Date: Wed 17 December
Time: 8.30pm
Price: $5



At The Toff in Town, 252 Level 2 Curtain House Swanston St Melbourne.

Have a Christmas celebration with The Shelf. For three Mondays in December, The Shelf team will be rocking the night away with their final show being Dec 15 (So it must be a Christmas Show)

Hosted by Justin Hamilton and Adam Richard, regulars include Cal Wilson, sketch troupe Aunty Donna and Claire Hooper and there  is always a huge line up of very special guests

Date: Mon 15 December
Time: 7.30pm
Price – $25/$30



Spleen Bar, 41 Bourke St Melbourne

Spleen Xmas  Show is having a huge three bracket show that closes with the naming of the 2014 Spleen Comic of the year.


Harley Breen, Oliver Clark, Tommy Little, Greg Larsen, Gary Chook, Xavier Michelides, Nick Cody, Anne Edmonds, Dilruk Jayasinha, Karl Chandler , Steele Saunders and surprise guests!

Date: Mon 15 December
Time: 8.30pm
Price: Gold Coin Donation



The Yarraville Club 135 Stephen St, Yarraville.

Yarraville Laughs has two sparkly fabulous Christmas Shows this year.

The 2014 Christmas Cracker 

Sat 13 Dec

Featuring Denise Scott & Fiona O’Loughlin
Plus Special MC Jeff Green (UK)

A top comedy line-up that will sell out fast.


Dinner & Show: 6:30pm
Show Only: 8pm
Show Starts: 8:30pm

Dinner & Show $100 (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Reserved Seating $55 (Doors open at 7:30pm)
General Admission $45 (Doors open at 7:30pm)

EFFIE in A Date With Effie – ‘Kiss Me Under The Camel-Toe… Sorry, Mistletoe’ 

Sat December 20

Dinner & Show: 6:30pm
Show Only: 8pm
Show Starts: 8:30pm

Ticket Options

Dinner & Show $90 (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Reserved Seating $45 (Doors open at 8pm)
General Admission $35 (Doors open at 8pm)
On the Door $40 (if available)


Also Other Pre Christmas Live Podcast Recordings:

I Love Green Guide Letters 15th Episode Live Spectacular 
At the Last Laugh Comedy Club at the Athenaeum Theatre 188 Collins St Melbourne

With a cast of 1,00s including adorable Channel 9 Newsreader Peter Hitchener

Date: Saturday Dec 6
Time: 3.30pm
Price: $20


Little Dum Dum Club 4th Birthday Show Live 

At Five Boroughs Comedy, 68 Hardware Lane (upstairs), Melbourne.

Tommy Dassalo and Karl Chandler present the usual dickheadery, tips about fast food outlets and some super special guests. Includes an extra post show by Nick Cody

Date: Sunday, December 7,
Time: 4pm.
Price: $21

The Aussie Invasion of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe – Now With Extra Danger!

By Colin Flaherty

It’s almost August and that means Edinburgh Fringe time. Quite a few Australian performers are heading north for a Scottish summer.

Our London based Squirrel Ron will be covering Fringe for us; covering both Australian acts and other performers who may venture to our shores in the future.

A browse of the program reveals some interesting shows from the Aussies. Many comedians are bringing their current shows seen in the Australian festivals including David Quirk with the show that won him the “Piece of Wood Award”. Joint Newcomer winners in 2012, Ronnie Cheing and Matt Okine, are taking their current shows.

Tommy Little, Mel Buttle & Josh Thomas have recently cancelled their Edinburgh runs due to television commitments. Josh is going Hollywood instead, his TV series Please Like Me is being picked up by a new US cable channel Pivot TV which is aimed at young people and will air from August 1st.

Myf Warhurst hosts a chat show Showcatcher that features all manner of festival guests spruiking their festival shows.

Expat Bec Hill is going to be a busy beaver this Festival. She is performing in her own stand up show (Bec by Popular Demand), a two-hander show with Patrick Monahan (Bec Hill and Patrick Monahan’s Hour of Fun!), a children’s sketch show (Bec & Tom’s Awesome Laundry) and is hosting Pun Run, the UK’s only pun-based comedy club.

Yianni has an intriguing concept this year: a series of free shows at The Dram House leading up to a huge ticketed show at Venue150 @ EICC. Will he fill Edinburgh’s largest room?

The 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 02 – 26 August. Shows for 2013 are now on sale!


Here’s the list of shows. If we’ve previously reviewed a show we’ve added the link.

If we’ve missed anyone, please drop us a line.


Adam Hills: Happyism @ Assembly Hall

Ali McGregor’s Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night @ Assembly Checkpoint

Alex Williamson @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Bec Hill: Bec by Popular Demand @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Bec Hill and Patrick Monahan’s Hour of Fun! @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Bec & Tom’s Awesome Laundry @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Pun Run (hosted by Bec Hill) @ The Canons’ Gait

Claudia O’Doherty: Pioneer @ Pleasance Courtyard

Damian Clark in G’Damo! @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Daniel Townes – I Think So I’m Ready @ Laughing Horse @ Bar 50

Dave Callan: The Psychology of Laughter @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

David Quirk – Shaking Hands With Danger @ Pleasance Courtyard
Here’s our review from MICF 2013 :

Dayne Rathbone – It’s Me Dayne @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Die Roten Punkte – Kunst Rock (Art Rock) @ AssemblyGeorge Square

Dr Professor Neal Portenza’s Interactive Goat Hour: There are no goats and the show is only 54 minutes long, excluding the bonus minute @ The Dram House Upstairs

Eric Hutton’s Favourite Songs @ Laughing Horse @ Bar 50

Evolution of iMaAN @ Laughing Horse @ Espionage

Felicity Ward: Irregardless @ Underbelly, Bristo Square

Hannah Gadsby: Nakedy Nudes (Departs from Assembly Rooms, Bristo Place)

Hannah Gadsby: Happiness is a Bedside Table @ Assembly Roxy
Here’s our review from MICF 2013 :

Instant Order: Trial By Audience (featuring Karin Danger, Scott Gooding, Katie Lockett & Sean Fabri) @ The Dram House Upstairs

Jen Carnovale: Not a Person Person @ Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Jimeoin: Yes,Yes, Whatever…?! @ Venue150 @ EICC

John Robertson – The Dark Room @ Underbelly, Cowgate

Jon Bennett: My Dad’s Deaths @ Underbelly, Cowgate

Karin Danger: Hot Box @ Just the Tonic at The Caves ​

KelFi & FiKel @ Gilded Balloon Teviot

Lisa-Skye – Ladyboner @ C venues – C nova
Here’s our review from MICF 2012 :

Matt Okine: Being Black & Chicken & S#%t @ Underbelly, Bristo Square

Not Suitable for Drinking (Sydney sketch trio) @ Ciao Roma

Ronny Chieng: The Ron Way @ Underbelly, Cowgate

Rob Lloyd: Who, Me @ Just The Tonic at Bristo Square

Showcatcher (hosted by Myf Warhurst) @ Assembly George Square

Storytellers’ Club @ Pleasance Courtyard

Unmanageable (Featuring expat Kim Hope) @ Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Yianni in Think Big @ The Dram House & Venue150 @ EICC

5 Good Reasons to see TOM BALLARD, Tommy Little and Tommy Dassalo

Here is Tom Ballard’s Top 5 Good Reasons to see TOM BALLARD – My Ego Is Better Than Your Ego

1. It’s a profoundly self-indulgent exploration of my ego and self-esteem issues. It’s literally me talking for an hour about me needing you to like me, so it’s got this kind of “charmingly narcissistic” vibe going on.

2. My mum likes to see me being successful.

3. I’m not going to talk to you and humiliate you as an audience member. (Well..except for one person. Just at the start. But it’s not really about them. Or you, if it’s you. Honestly – it’s a good bit.)

4. It’s 100% fair trade and means tested.

5. I am not Ricky Nixon.

Tom Ballard – My Ego Is Better Than Your Ego is on at The Swiss Club throughout the Festival


5 Good Reasons to see Tommy Little – Sex, Drugs & Herbal Tea

5. No animals were harmed in the making of it.

4. You’ll learn about new words like foodie, shelving and lolocaust.

3. I’m not Ricky Nixon.

2. You’ll have a much needed laugh with me, at me or a combination of both.

1. It’s better than sitting alone and surfing the web, yes I’m talking to you, it’s time put down the keyboard and come to the party

TOMMY LITTLE – Sex, Drugs & Herbal Tea is on in the Cloak Room, Melbourne Town Hall throughout the Festival


Tommy Dassalo’s 5 Good Reasons to see Spread. 

1. It’s the true story about how my great-grandpa invented Vegemite.

I can guarantee that mine is the only show in the Festival that can claim that… Unless one of my cousins has decided to do a show… Shit… I really should have asked around at the family Christmas party.

2. My drawings are in the show.

I’ve been up until three in the morning every night finishing off drawings for a segment of the show. If you don’t laugh at the drawings, I would ask that you at least chuckle politely at the effort that’s gone into the drawings.

3. I play characters in the show.

Well, just one of them, but still! I’ve never done characters before! Maybe after this I never will again! Come and see me do some ‘acting’ and then be not at all surprised when I tell you that I never got a good role in any of my high school plays.

4. I will be wearing a very nice suit.

Not to brag, but it’s from Arthur Galan. I bought it for a fancy ball last year. Then I realised how dumb it was to spend so much money on something that I only wore for one night. Then I realised if I wear it onstage I can claim it on tax. So you should see my show if you a) like looking at well dressed men or b) are my accountant.

5. My show is at the beautiful Forum theatre.

Obviously in a small room within the Forum theatre, but my dad thinks that I’m in the MAIN, ACTUAL FORUM THEATRE. Hopefully heaps of people come to my show and I get moved into the main theatre and I won’t have to tell my dad that I’ve been lying to him for the last four months. Everybody wins!

[And I am definitely not Ricky Nixon]

Tommy Dassalo’s Spread is on at The Forum Theatre – Ladies’ Lounge

Backstage at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Melbourne collective Little Picture Box have been busy producing “Backstage” at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Headed by Amanda Reedy, Little Picture Box and her team have produced a couple of seasons of Channel 31′s Studio A and have also produced comedy short films and sketches for online.

The “Backstage” project is a collaboration between Reedy, her team at Little Picture Box and comedians Tommy little, Dave Thornton and Nat Harris. They’ll be producing exclusive online content including interviews, sketches and other funny stuff during the festival plus a half hour Comedy Festival special to air on Channel 31, April 14 at 8.30.

There’s a bunch of videos online now including Tommy Little interviewing Tom Green, Frank Woodley, Tom Ballard, Paul Foot and more. Here’s a few of our fav’s. You can check out more on Little Picture Box’s YouTube Channel.