Tommy Dassalo's Pipsqueak is a sentimental venture, with nostalgia aplenty for peaks and troughs of days past. The show concerns Dassalo's struggle with extreme adversity, faced with a life-threatening illness from a young age.
If that all sounds too heavy for a comedy festival show, fear not: thanks to Dassalo's abundant goodwill and good humor, it really isn't. Pleasingly, in spite of the heavy subject matter, he manages to keep things light, looking back upon a life-altering time with a laugh. Pipsqueak is optimistic, equipped with the means to stir a poignant thought or two.
As a performer, the genuine Dassalo cuts a very casual figure, both assured and entirely accessible. It's easy to find yourself hanging off his every word, as he unpacks a collection of the dreams, the memories and the not-so-common misconceptions of his childhood.
Pipsqueak is a tale of triumph and, ultimately, gratitude without losing sight of its agenda - that is, its role as an enjoyable comedy show. Dassalo offers just that, his personal journey bound to resonate beyond the performance itself.