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.
In 2005, he was a runner up in Triple J’s Raw Comedy Competition. 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.
In 2006, Tommy and 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.
He has 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.
He also hosts a weekly podcast ‘The Little Dum Dum Club’ with fellow comedian 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 both in Australia and overseas.
In the past year he has appeared in a series of television ads for the Commonwealth Bank, written for ABC 3’s ‘You’re Skitting Me’, Channel 10′s ‘This Week Live’ and the upcoming ‘The Jar Dwellers’ and been invited to perform stand-up across the USA at venues such as the renowned Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He has also appeared as a guest on the ABC’s ‘Dirty Laundry Live’ and launched a new web-series called ‘Cheap Lunch’ that sees him eating (and talking about) food with a different guest every week.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
“A great premise with sharp execution… Dassalo is a whiz, playing three characters at once.” - The Age,
“He’s very funny, expertly self-deprecating and he’s employing his significant intellect to make sense of the world.” **** – The Age