He’s won the Best International Act at Busan Comedy Festival, and been nominated as one of the Best English Acts at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.
He got the Patron’s Pick at Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and he’ll get yours too, because Daniel Older, aka Dandyman, really is Snazztastic. And that just happens to be the name of his new show. With the energy of a modern-day Buster Keaton, loved by kids, nannas, non-English speakers, Dandyman can get everyone. Even the dog.
Daniel, how do you work up a new show?
It might sound weird but I write ideas and concepts down on a piece of paper, put them in a teapot, and drink them.
What is the essence of a Dandyman show?
Beautifully crafted physical comedy woven into a warm fuzzy grandma-knitted jumper that you wear for years.
How did the onstage character of Dandyman come about?
The bellboy character I used to play went on holidays and never came back so I had to invent a new character and I woke up one morning in a blue suit and a pink straw bowtie.
What is it about silent or physical comedy do you think that connects so well with audiences?
It invigorates unique individual imaginative experiences. In other words it allows audiences to make up their own stories stimulating imagination.
Who are the performers who have inspired you?
Jacques Tati, Gonzo, Paulo Nani, Rowan Atkinson, Jerry Lewis, Leandre Ribera, Buster Keaton.
How long does it take you to perfect a trick? Give me an example.
I cannot seem to perfect any of my tricks and I hope I never do because then I won’t be funny any more.
Dandyman’s new show Snazztastic is at the Brunswick Picture House on Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 2pm and Saturday at 3.30pm.
Tickets are $15 or family of 4 is $55 go to brunswickpicturehouse.com or call 6685 0280.