Sketch-savvy folk will remember Tom Glesson as the enigmatic Australian Fast Bowler back in the day. Since that infamous character, Gleeson has carved out a successful stand-up comedy career, his show TOM ON! boasting a sold out season.
Naturally then, heading into Good One, expectations are high. Fortunately, Gleeson rises to the occasion, comfortably navigating a routine of consistent mirth.
Discussing topics ranging from news angles, to politics and even fatherhood, Gleeson encounters little to no trouble in captivating a crowd. His show is a mixed bag in terms of bases covered, Gleeson flitting between narrative, biting satire and unique observational humor with great proficiency.
The finer points of his performance are somewhat obscured, thanks to a show-stopping finale. Fear not: this review is spoiler free. It's reasonable enough to suggest, though, that the finale of Good One will emerge the primary talking point of the show.
One suspects Tom Gleeson continues to be underestimated as a stand-up comic. Overall, Good One is well-placed to alter public perception, the show a feel-good venture from an assured and talented comedian.