Tommy Dassalo

Comedian • Actor • Writer

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Biography

With his youthful exuberance, charming storytelling and wickedly sharp turn-of-phrase, Tommy Dassalo has fast found himself amongst Australia’s most sought after young stand-up comedians and television writers and podcasters.

In 2005, he was a runner up in Triple J’s Raw Comedy Competition. Since then he has emerged as one of the most unique young voices in Australian comedy with a long list of diverse, impressive credits.

He is a regular fixture at Comedy Festivals across Australia, regularly selling out shows and racking up rave reviews from audiences and critics alike.

Karl & Tommy

He has appeared on ABC’s ‘The Librarians’, ‘Sleuth 101’ and ‘Dirty Laundry Live’ and has written for top-rating and award-winning television shows, including ‘Talkin’ Bout Your Generation’, ‘Spicks and Specks’, ‘The Project’, ‘You’re Skitting Me’ and ‘This Week Live.’

He also hosts a weekly podcast ‘The Little Dum Dum Club’ with fellow comedian Karl Chandler – one of Australia’s most popular comedy podcasts. Each week, they chat with a different guest from the cream of Australia’s comedy crop. Past guests include Tim & Eric, Shaun Micallef, Yumi Stynes and Marc Maron. The show regularly cracks the iTunes top 10, and has amassed a loyal following of listeners both in Australia and overseas.

In 2014 he was invited to perform at the prestigious, invite-only San Francisco Sketchfest, appearing alongside the likes of Zach Galifianakis and Tenacious D, supported the legendary Bob Saget on his Australian tour, appeared at the Splendour In The Grass and Falls music festivals, filmed a role for season 2 of ABC’s It’s A Date, and shot a pilot for SBS online which he co-wrote with Tom Ballard.

Compliments

Tommy Dassalo knows how to write really funny but even better…he just is really funny, without doing much at all.

— Frank Woodley

Most comedians remind me of other comedians, but then there’s Tommy Dassalo, whose stand up is full of genuine invention.

— Tom Gleeson

Extremely funny. Four and-a-half stars.

— Herald Sun

Sophisticated, warm and funny… he’s funny and he’s savvy enough to match wits with the best… definitely one of the standout comedians of his peers.

— Chortle

Live Work

2015 – Cutie Pie

Perth Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival

2014 – Falls Music and Arts Festival / Southbound Music Festival

Stand-up spot at Lorne, Marion Bay, Bryon Bay and Busselton

2014 – Con Air 2: Con Voyage

Melbourne Fringe Festival

2014 – Splendour In The Grass

‘Late Night Comedy Club’ in The Forum Tent.

2014 – Bob Saget: Dirty Daddy Tour

Support act for Melbourne and Perth

2014 – Dreamboat

Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival

2013 — Spread

Brisbane Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival

2012 — Pipsqueak

Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival

2011 — Buckwild

Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival

2010 — The Falls Music and Arts Festival

Lorne, Victoria & Marion Bay, Tasmania

2010 — An Explosion of Colours

Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival

2009 — Out at the Pictures

Melbourne Comedy Festival

2008 — The Falls Festival Music and Arts Festival

Lorne, Victoria

2008 — Viewmaster

Melbourne Comedy Festival

2007 — Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow

Tour through Northern Territory and Regional South Australia

2007 — The Third Guy

Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival

2006 — I Heart Racism

with Dave Bushell – Melbourne Fringe Festival – Special Commendation for Best Comedy, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival – Nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ Award

Writing Television

2014 – Fully Furnished (Pilot)

SBS online | Writer

2013 – This Week Live

Channel 10 | Writer

2012 – 2013 – Jar Dwellers

Channel 10 | Writer

2011 / 2013 — You’re Skitting Me

ABC3 | Writer

2009 — Monsterchef

ABC3 | Writer/Story Editor

2009 — TV Burp

Channel 7 | Writer

2009 — Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation

Channel 10 | Writer

2006 – 2009 — Beat Magazine

Guest Columnist

2008 – 2009 — Studio A

Channel 31 | Writer

2007 – 2008 — Rove

Channel 10 | Contributing Writer

2015 – Fully Furnished (Pilot)

SBS Online | ‘Todd’

2013 — Dirty Laundry Live

ABC | Guest Panellist

2010 — Sleuth 101

ABC | Guest Role

2009 — The Librarians

ABC | Guest Role

2009 — TV Burp

Channel 7 | Guest Role

2008 – 2009 — Studio A

Channel 31 | Regular Guest/Cast Member

2008 — Stand Up Australia

Foxtel | Stand-up Appearance

2007 — Stand Up Australia

Foxtel | Stand-up Appearance

Radio

2014 – Nova Weekend Breakfast with Nath Valvo

Guest

2014 – JJJ Summer Breakfast with Nazeem Hussain

Guest

2014 – ABC Local Radio VIC with George McEncroe

Guest

2014 – ABC Local Radio VIC with Dave O’Neil

Guest

2014 – ABC Local Radio NSW with Dom Knight

Guest

2014 – JJJ Weekend Breakfast with Kyran Wheatley

Guest

2011 — JJJ Breakfast with Tom and Alex

Guest

2010 — Podcast: The Little Dum Dum Club

Host with Karl Chandler, syndicated on Barry Digital Radio

2010 — JJJ Breakfast Comedy Festival
Outside Broadcast

Stand-up Spot

2010 — Nova FM Breakfast Comedy 
Festival Outside Broadcast

Stand-up Spot

2009 — JJJ Hack

Guest

2009 — JJJ – Weekend Breakfast with 
Tom and Alex

Guest

Releases

2014 – Dreamboat (CD)

2010 — Sonic Reacharound (CD)