"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, who's stand up is full of genuine invention." Tom Gleeson
Tommy Dassalo has been writing and performing comedy since the age of 16, when he wasn't even legally allowed in most of the venues he was performing at.
In 2005, he was a runner up in Triple J’s Raw Comedy Competition, in front of 1,500 people. Since then he has emerged as one of the most exciting and unique young voices in Australian comedy, garnering rave reviews from audiences and critics at Comedy Festivals around the country, writing and performing for television and making numerous appearances at The Falls Music and Arts Festival.
In 2006, Tommy and longtime collaborator Dave Bushell brought their sell-out Fringe Festival show ‘I Heart Racism’ to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The show was a sell-out hit once again, and made the shortlist for the Best Newcomer award.
“A great premise with sharp execution… Dassalo is a whiz, playing three characters at once.”
- The Age, 2006
2007 saw Tommy present his first solo outing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, ‘The Third Guy’, which was a sell-out success, and received a glowing, four star review in The Age.
“He’s very funny, expertly self-deprecating and he’s employing his significant intellect to make sense of the world.” **** – The Age, 2007
He has appeared twice on the Comedy Channel’s ‘Stand Up Australia’, performed as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow, and has written jokes for Channel 10’s ‘Rove’.
From 2008 to 2009, Tommy was a writer and cast member on Channel 31’s ‘Studio A with Dave Thornton’, which won ‘Program of the Year’ at the 2009 Antenna Awards.
He has also appeared on ABC’s ‘The Librarians’ and ‘Sleuth 101’ and has written for Channel 10’s top-rating ‘Talkin’ Bout Your Generation’ with Shaun Micallef, and Channel 7’s ‘TV Burp’ with Ed Kavalee.
Not content with conquering the stage and the telly, Dassalo also hosts a weekly podcast ‘The Little Dum Dum Club’ with fellow comic Karl Chandler. Each week, they chat with a different guest comedian. The show regularly cracks the iTunes top 10, and has amassed a loyal following of listeners.
In late 2010, he recorded and released his debut album of stand-up comedy entitled ‘Sonic Reacharound,’ a collection of favourite material from his past festival shows. It is currently available on iTunes and in independent record stores around Melbourne.