Dave O'Neil had Ballina's RSL in raptures.
Dave O'Neil had Ballina's RSL in raptures. Supplied

Dave O'Neil bares his belly

DAVE O’Neil is a finely-tuned story-telling machine.

The multi-talented Melbourne comedian has written movies, books, appeared on TV shows (including ABC’s Spicks 49 times), and done stand-up for 20 years.

And when he took to the stage at Ballina RSL last Thursday he did so with a spring in his step, gladly mocking himself from the get-go.

“I asked for a Wu-Tang-style haircut the other day. But as you can see, they accidentally gave me the k.d. lang,” says O’Neil.

His timing was spot-on, raising his voice towards the end of quirky stories and then tossing in the pregnant pause.

Then, when the punch lines hit, the predominantly middle-aged crowd’s laughter would erupt.

With the audience well warmed-up, O’Neil probed a gentleman in the front row calling him “K-Rudd” (since he supposedly looked like the former Prime Minister).

O’Neil was more than just a comedian; he was a social commentator.

He humorously described the impacts of computer technologies on younger generations’ attention spans and demonstrated how to stop annoying children from entering your home – fully un-button your red flannelette shirt, bare your stomach and run towards them screaming with a beer in hand.

Last year, O’Neil also co-hosted a radio show on Melbourne’s Vega FM with the former Australian Idol host, Ian “Dicko” Dickson.

At the end of his Ballina show he recalled jumping over Dicko on a bicycle, falling off and breaking his leg.

“You should have seen me flying through the air,” says O’Neil. “I was like a pumpkin on a mosquito.”

The Australian comedy scene would be much blander without this pumpkin in it.



No ifs, butts or maybes about it

No ifs, butts or maybes about it

Beach butt clean up.

How to save $200 on your electricity bill

How to save $200 on your electricity bill

Slash your power bill and reduce your impact on the environment

Bangalow march and two-up

Bangalow march and two-up

ANZAC march and two up in Bangalow

Local Partners