The last 12 months have been eventful for Tommy Little. Hosting duties on no less than two TV panel shows, a breakfast radio gig on Nova and a guest starring role on an ABC drama opposite Claudia Karvan have taken this young jokester from doing it hard, to living the high life. Hence, the original plan for this show to focus on skewering the middleclasses has made the comedian change his plans to avoid hypocrisy.
Instead, Little has used the opportunity to explain to his now large and faithful band of followers what being able to afford nice sheets and replica arcade game furniture means for a man of 29 years. This youthful point of view, although now nicely honed by the experiences of regular live television and radio work, is pretty much best suited to the under 30s alone.
Audience members familiar with Little’s broadcast appearances may find this R-rated production a bit confronting by comparison to his commercial work, but he is nonetheless charming and easily lovable. Approaching the audience for the usual ‘what’s your name’ and ‘what do you do’ participation is in no way discomforting with Little’s charismatic style. In fact, he makes these elements work seamlessly into his act, uncovering a film student doing the same course he did and turning it into a beautifully cautionary tale.
Little is also impressively humble, never allowing his success to go to his head; a humiliatingly personal tale from the set of The Time of Our Lives serves as a case in point. The only issue Little needs to remember now is that all that broadcast exposure of his material can leave a story such as this one as having a punchline his audience has heard before.
Still, it’s all in the telling and Little makes his audience of twenty-somethings feel right at home. Hopefully with another twelve months of success his next act will feel a little less like a polished university revue and more a classy show for audiences of all ages.