Dude Dave has pointy to make

Aussie co­me­dian pon­ders the ag­o­nies of life and other mat­ters, writes

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OMIC DAVE Thorn­ton says his standup show Tall & Pointy takes its name from a re­view re­ceived last year.

‘‘It de­scribed me as tall and pointy,’’ he says.

‘‘To be fair it’s prob­a­bly true. I’m at least six-foot-three and have size 13 feet. I sup­pose I do look a bit like a gi­ant Allen key.’’

The Vic­to­rian comic is headed to Queens­land for shows at Bris­bane Com­edy fes­ti­val ahead of Mel­bourne’s In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val.

Tall & Pointy ex­am­ines the sub­ject of male eti­quette – or dude rules.

‘‘Dude eti­quette – dudi­quette I like to call it. We live in a time of fu­sion words, don’t we?’’ he says.

‘‘The show’s all about be­ing a dude and dude rules we may em­ploy when we deal with women.

‘‘Not that I can call my­self an ex­pert, ex­cept by virtue of the fact I was born with tes­ti­cles.’’

It con­tin­ues the re­search Thorn­ton con­ducts when he takes calls as a reg­u­lar on Mia Freed­man’s weekly Mamma Mia ra­dio show – it airs here on the Gold Coast on SeaFM.

‘‘I tend to ask women what they think about cer­tain sit­u­a­tions,’’ he says. ‘‘What do they think if I hold a door open for them or they see me do that for a woman; if I give up my seat on pub­lic trans­port, if I pull out a chair? Is that sleazy or is that chival­rous?’’

Thorn­ton says if he’s learned a les­son from the ex­er­cise it’s that there are no clear-cut an­swers.

‘‘It’s all shift­ing sands,’’ he says. ‘‘Not to cast as­per­sions, but men, I think, would love to live in a world where ev­ery­thing is black and white; women, mean­while, live in a state of am­bi­gu­ity.’’

The multi-skilled Thorn­ton also de­liv­ered ad­vice to the lovelorn on Adam Zwar’s Agony Un­cles, which aired on pub­lic broad­caster the ABC.

He fol­lows up as with con­tri­bu­tions to new in­stal­ment The Agony of Life, which is cur­rently on air.

‘‘I missed it the other night, but how this stuff usu­ally works is you’ve for­got­ten all about what you’ve di­vulged to Adam (Zwar) some years ago and then you turn to Twit­ter, as I did this week, to learn I had told the whole na­tion I used to break dance, which per­haps, is some­thing I might wish I hadn’t said now I’m 33.’’ He en­joys his ra­dio work. ‘‘Peo­ple who know the blog ( Mamma Mia) love it and any­one else thinks I’m do­ing some sort of ABBA mu­si­cal,’’ he says.

Thorn­ton has also tested him­self as an ac­tor with roles in the re­cent Chan­nel 9 hit House Hus­bands and Bed of Roses.

He doubts his House Hus­bands char­ac­ter will be back in sea­son two, af­ter be­ing sent abroad to Hong Kong.

‘‘It’s be­com­ing a pat­tern. I won­der if I should worry about it,’’ he says. ‘‘The first act­ing I did was for the ABC in Bed of Roses and the char­ac­ter was shipped off to Perth. If I land an­other role, I wouldn’t be sur­prised to learn my char­ac­ter was be­ing shipped off for the first Mars land­ing.’’

Wed­nes­days, 9pm, ABC1.

Dave Thorn­ton plays Bris­bane Com­edy Fes­ti­val at the Bris­bane Pow­er­house from March 5-10.

Dave Thorn­ton

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