I only know how to be a co­me­dian

TV host, ra­dio per­son­al­ity and stand-up comic Tommy Lit­tle tells Stel­lar about on­stage fails, click­ing with kids and why hed make tele­vi­sions worst Bach­e­lor ever

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - Tommy Lit­tles com­edy show Self-Di­ag­nosed Ge­nius is play­ing na­tion­ally, com­edy.com.au/ tour/tommy-lit­tle-2019; Car­rie & Tommy airs 3pm weekdays on the Hit Net­work.

Tommy Lit­tle on why hed be tele­vi­sions worst Bach­e­lor.

Tommy Lit­tle did it once, but hes in no hurry for a re­peat per­for­mance. Last year, the 34-yearold co­me­dian um­moxed his so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers by shar­ing pho­tos of him­self in some rather steamy poses: shirt off, physique taut, up­per arm and shoulder muscles bulging and a rip­pling six-pack. Only for char­ity, he in­sists with a laugh. And those days are done and dusted.

Lit­tle, the youngest of three chil­dren who was born and is still based in Mel­bourne, gets a lot of mileage out of the fact hes still sin­gle. Google it: he talks about it. A lot. And if he wer­ent so busy jug­gling his com­mit­ments on ra­dio (co-host­ing the Car­rie & Tommy ra­dio show along­side Car­rie Bick­more), TV (a reg­u­lar co-host on The Project, again with Bick­more) and standup gigs, he could prob­a­bly land him­self the plum gig as Aus­tralias next Bach­e­lor. Not that he thinks much would come of it. If I was ever to do The Bach­e­lor, it would be the short­est sea­son ever, he tells Stel­lar. Be­cause I think the car door would open at the start and the girls would take one look and go, Oh no! And shut the door and drive off.

His friend Peter Hel­liar, an­other Project col­league, isnt so sure. Dis­cussing one of Lit­tles early shows, which fo­cused heav­ily on his lack of suc­cess in the dat­ing depart­ment, Hel­liar re­calls, Watch­ing this good-look­ing guy in a V-neck, con­stantly scratch­ing his neck to show off his guns… it was a lit­tle hard to be­lieve that this was a man who would have girl trou­bles.

But he does. And now many of his mates have started fam­i­lies. Hes also en­joy­ing be­ing a dot­ing un­cle to his two young nieces as well as spend­ing time with Bick­mores chil­dren

ev­ery af­ter­noon since they started broad­cast­ing from her house. I am get­ting strangely clucky, Lit­tle ad­mits.

Kids like him, too. Bick­more tells Stel­lar her el­dest daugh­ter, four-yearold Evie, con­stantly asks when Lit­tle is com­ing to visit, some­times just ve min­utes af­ter hes left. He re­ally en­gages with kids, prob­a­bly be­cause he is a big kid him­self, she says. They grav­i­tate towards him. Hell make a great dad one day.

Un­til then, Lit­tle makes do with a bro­mance hes had go­ing with fel­low comic and Rose­haven star Luke McGre­gor for years. The two have been house­mates since McGre­gor and his part­ner split, and Lit­tle of­fers a glimpse of what hap­pens when theyre both ac­tu­ally home: We have pretty wild nights, and by wild I mean we sit down on the couch and have a cup of tea, play some Lego, he says. Its pretty f*ck­ing rock star.

If work re­mains Lit­tles true love, its prob­a­bly be­cause it was also his rst. He es­ti­mates that he did more than 100 stand-up gigs be­fore he nally got paid, and of­ten it was in beers at the bar in­stead of cash. I did my rst gig and I just loved it, he re­mem­bers. I got lots of laughs. The sec­ond one, I got

lots of laughs. By the third one I thought, The king of com­edy has ar­rived!

I felt strange af­ter­wards: I was proud, which was new to me

And then I died one of the most aw­ful deaths ever I tried to write new ma­te­rial for ev­ery gig. I was so naïve I ac­tu­ally thought that would be how I would make my­self dif­fer­ent as

a co­me­dian.

It has been a long time since his ma­te­rial has fallen at, but he also no longer fears awk­ward si­lences from the au­di­ence. You of­ten re­alise why it hasnt gone well, so then you ad­just and change things, he ex­plains. But I also revel in those moments, that en­ergy when ev­ery­thing is silent. I dont give a sh*t. Ev­ery­body is on the edge of their seat. And that feel­ing of How am I go­ing to get out of this? is some­thing I nd fun.

Lit­tle claims theres a rea­son stand-ups like him can with­stand those wild adren­a­line surges: Be­cause we cant do any­thing else! I am a co­me­dian be­cause

I failed at ev­ery­thing else in life. It was a last re­sort. I wanted to do act­ing. And I was re­ally sh*t. And since then I have been red from ev­ery job I have ever had. Its only a mat­ter of time be­fore I get red from the jobs I have at the mo­ment.

He has an al­most chronic in­abil­ity to shy away from chal­lenges es­pe­cially when theyre for a good cause, and par­tic­u­larly if they will play well on TV. Con­sider last year, when he agreed to a nude bungee jump (his sec­ond) to raise money for Bick­mores brain can­cer char­ity. Or the de­ci­sion to run his rst-ever marathon in -20°C tem­per­a­tures in Antarctica, with no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence.

I par­tied enough for a life­time so that [ice marathon] was some­thing new, some­thing dif­fer­ent, he says. It was f*ck­ing aw­ful. I was phys­i­cally de­stroyed by it. I still cant re­ally walk down stairs. And I have only just started run­ning again, but short runs. The whole ex­pe­ri­ence was the best and worst thing I have done. I had a strange feel­ing af­ter­wards: I was proud, which was new to me.

Sure, his knee still seizes up from the run, and hurl­ing ones naked body hun­dreds of me­tres through the air dings a per­sons dig­nity. But Lit­tle says he has no re­grets. Ex­cept for maybe some of the mul­ti­ple tattoos on his body in­clud­ing one he got af­ter a few too many of those free beers. Iron­i­cally, it reads no re­grets. I also have a list of my exes names tat­tooed up my side, he con­fesses some­what sheep­ishly.

When Stel­lar re­minds him he is in good com­pany Os­car-win­ner Angelina Jolie still sports a tat­too that spir­i­tu­ally binds her to Brad Pitt, for in­stance he perks up. The an­swer to all my prob­lems is sit­ting in front of us, he quips. [I should date] Angelina. We can go and get laser ses­sions to­gether hold­ing hands. I would cry, and she would just be stone-faced. Why did I never think of this? It would be so sim­ple. And she comes with all those gor­geous kids. Prob­lem solved.

Pho­tog­ra­phy REN PIDGEON Styling IRENE TSOLAKAS In­ter­view SIOB­HAN DUCK

TOMMY WEARS Ben Sher­man jacket, ben­sh­er­man.com.au; Zara hoodie, zara.com/au; his own T-shirt (worn un­der­neath); Coun­try Road jeans (worn through­out), coun­try­road. com.au; (op­po­site) La­coste shoes, la­coste.com.au; his own T-shirt and watch

(from top) Tommy Lit­tle go­ing shirt­less in the name of char­ity last year; per­form­ing stand-up in Ade­laide last month; tak­ing a dip with ra­dio and TV side­kick Car­rie Bick­more and her daugh­ter Evie in Jan­uary.

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