Dude Dave has pointy to make
Aussie comedian ponders the agonies of life and other matters, writes
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.’’
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Dave Thornton plays Brisbane Comedy Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse from March 5-10.