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You be the judge of this fresh comedy cabaret
Tom Casamento opens and closes his show singing Queen's Don't Stop Me Now. One gets the feeling this could be Tom's anthem because, having seen his show last night, I can't see much stopping him from becoming a successful performer/cabaret artist/comedian.
Tom Casamento - clever characterisations
Despite the name of the show being Don't Judge Me!, Tom spends the entire hour judging a whole range of people, including himself, but in a gentle, rather than acerbic, cutting, way. One gets the impression that is indicative of Tom's nature, or perhaps it's just his tender years (he informed the audience he turned 21 earlier this year).
Other than the very creditable version of Don't Stop Me Now, the show consists of Tom carrying out a series of characterisations. By donning a minimal piece of costuming - a scarf, or a hat - and changing his pose and voice, Tom transforms into the person he is - well - judging. Along the way, we get insights into an unlikeable aunt who is mourning the season end of Offspring, Tom's thoughts on the needy people who compete on The Voice (and every other reality TV show they possibly can), and a man Tom observes on a train, onto whom he projects a creepy stalker persona. We learn more about Tom's experiences of working at Woolworths.
Saving perhaps the best for last, Tom mimics a grandmother in a nursing home singing 'classic' songs - an ABBA mash up.
As 'Grandma' doing an ABBA mash up
On the stage, Tom proved himself to be a confident performer; he looks at ease and like he's having fun. His routine is very clever, and he strikes just the right balance between dialogue and singing. He has a sweet singing voice that is a pleasure to listen to.
Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable show, that left us with smiles on our faces.
A clever show that left us with smiles on our faces
Don't Judge Me! has two more shows, Friday 16th November at 5.30pm and Saturday 17th November at 7.00pm, at The Butterfly Club, Carson Place (off Little Collins Street), Melbourne. The running time is approximately one hour.
Tickets are full - $34, concession - $30.
Advance ticket purchase is strongly advised as the show is selling out. Click here to buy your tickets online, or call The Butterfly Club on (03) 9663 8107.
The images in this article were taken by the writer.