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CHRIS DINGLI IS A BAD DAD

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By The Swag Team   -  October 21, 2015



Actor and comedian Chris Dingli, best known as the writer and star of the popular satirical comedy show Comedy Knights, and as one half of the ingenious improv duo Dingle Bells Malcolm Smells, talks to us about his new original comedy show, Bad Dad.

What’s the show about?

 

It’s a playful look at the difficulties of being a first-time father. I talk about the ups and the downs and all the in betweens, too!

 

 

How did the show come about?

 

I became a father about a year ago. It wasn’t unexpected, but I still felt completely and utterly unprepared for it. I believe that some people are naturally less included towards parenthood, especially people like myself who are more akin to man-sized kids, rather than mature adults. The show is a result of me trying to step up and be a good father, with wildly varying results!

 

 

Is the show for parents only?

 

It’s for anyone, whether you’ve got kids or not. It's not like you suddenly develop a new sense of humour when you become a parent. You’re still the same person, except that now you’re always tired! The show is funny for anyone, even if you don’t like kids, possibly even more so if you don’t like kids! Truth be told, apart from my own, I don't really like kids myself!

 

 

How was the experience writing a one-man show?

 

It was good fun, especially given the subject matter. It’s an autobiographical show, so certain parts of it are quite personal. I can’t believe some of the stuff that I share with the audience in the show.

 

 

How is this show different from your other comedies?

 

Well it’s not satirical or political. It’s not sketch comedy either. And it’s not improvised. I mean, I do have some leeway to go off script at points, but it’s mostly scripted.

 

I’ve never done a one-man show before and have never written anything autobiographical. It will be interesting to see how much audiences see of their own experiences in my journey through parenthood. I’m sure that most people share the same thoughts about being a parent, even if they are too shy to speak them out loud in public.

 

 

You’ve said that this show is the truth about parenthood, no-holds-barred…

 

Yes, that may sound a little overly dramatic but it’s true! I feel that, before I became a father, people only shared half of their experience with me… The good half. Nobody ever spoke completely candidly about the negative side of becoming a parent. Even after becoming a parent myself, I’ve found that saying anything less than enthusiastic about fatherhood seems to be some kind of taboo. I’m here to break that mould and talk about parenthood, warts and all, in a very funny way.

 

 

So why are you a bad dad?

 

Well, I think when you see and hear some of the stories in the show, you’ll realise why!

 

 


 

 

Bad Dad runs at the Blue Box Theatre at M-Space, Msida on 7, 13, 14, 15 November prior to a planned international tour. Tickets start from €10 (first Saturday tickets are all at €10) from www.baddadshow.com.



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