Normally a regular podcast, hosts Karl Chandler and Tommy Dassalo are clearly here to have fun, having brought their show to the stage for the first time.
The basic theme of Little Dum Dum Club is a talk show with up to three guests, all comedians of course.
To date, their guests have included Celia Pacquola, Shaun Micallef, Charlie Pickering and many more.
I’m not convinced about the idea behind bringing this to the stage – the format of a couple of men sitting around interviewing a couple of others (usually blokes, sometimes not) is, after all, made for radio. These kind of shows can degenerate into self-indulgent rubbish that amuses the comedians and no-one else, particularly when it’s all blokes on stage.
Monday night’s show steered clear of these pitfalls, however. The physical on-stage comedy, which had to be explained verbally for the benefit of later podcasts, added to the humour.
A fair proportion of the audience had heard the podcasts before and clearly wanted more. Chandler and Dassalo didn’t disappoint, working their guests – in this case, Luke McGregor, John Safran and Kumail Nanjiani – in such a way as to take advantage of these comedians’ varied styles of comedy.
It’s an interesting way to get a taste of a few of the other comedians at the festival. McGregor’s baby-faced looks and high voice make him the instant butt of jokes, so I’m tempted to see his show Speed Date. Nanjiani was definitely in danger of stealing the show, which might be why he was the last guest to come on – he has the voice of a foghorn.
I’d hesitate to recommend Little Dum Dum Club – with different guests every week you’re not necessarily going to know what you’re in for. But with a surfeit of comedy talent kicking around Melbourne at the moment, I’d say it’s a fair bet for a few light-hearted laughs.
Little Dum Dum Club is on at the Powder Room, Melbourne Town Hall, Monday at 8.30pm until April 16.
Suzannah Marshall Macbeth blogs over at equineocean.