Even before gracing the stage for his comedy show, ‘Enter The Weapon,’ Tommy Little has the great asset of being familiar. Most audience members will already recognise him either from the 7pm project or as a breakfast-slot radio host for Nova or even for his part in ‘This Week Live.’ However, having never seen any of Tommy Little’s previous comedy routines, I essentially went into his comedy show ‘Enter The Weapon,’ with a relatively blank slate.
Running at around 60 minutes, ‘Enter The Weapon’ is a show in which the centrepiece of comedy is Tommy Little’s personality itself rather than a line up of quick, short fire gags. Little’s performance rests on his ability to take stories that appear relatively straight forward, such as going to a nightclub and proceeds to source the humour purely through the actual telling of the story, rather than the content itself. The entire show feels a little too much like you’re watching a man at a pub tell his mates about his action packed weekend rather than watching a professional comedian deliver delicately crafted punch lines that would have taken time to develop. For some this may not necessarily be a bad thing, but it does make ‘Enter The Weapon’ feel so carefree to the point that it is difficult to see it as clever or sophisticated. Often, the humour itself is quite dirty in a childish manner and occasionally lacks any real thought.
Going on from this, ‘Enter The Weapon,’ features a great deal of ‘light’ content, that while often being adequately funny is often quite far from demonstrating any genuine creativity. Other aspects of Little’s content is incredibly hackneyed with his anecdote about going ‘Sky-Diving,’ while incredibly vivid, just doesn’t develop far enough in giving the audience something fresh and original to laugh at. Other pieces of content are awkwardly delivered, such as a tale about Little having to host the 7pm project during the Sydney siege. This ‘joke’ dwelt far too much on the tragedy to the point that by the time Little got to the punch line it was a challenge to laugh.
Little commonly uses his audience as bait for laughter which not only makes it difficult to invest in his performance but also creates the sense that he’s simply distracting us from his own material. Often, all Little has to do is laugh at audience members’ comments which weren’t really even intended to be funny in the first place.
This is not to say that all of Little’s material is awful and leaves an audience silent. The material certainly produces some moments with chuckles that’ll leave you with a smile, one joke centring on a wine-tasting tour proves to be a true highlight. It is ultimately Little’s sheer manner of delivery of the content that proves to be his saving grace.
The reality though is that ‘Enter The Weapon’ is a show that feels amateurish and filled with schoolboy humour that fails to elevate itself to any sense of comedic talent.