Daniel Connell: Piece of Piss
- Brian Donaldson
- 16 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Enjoyably offkilter tales of beasts and buddies
You think you probably know the template for an Australian comedian: they're either offensive and sweary or they're salt-of-the-earth loveable, right? Of course, this is horrendously reductive, with the likes of Laura Davis and David Quirk having inserted a neat seam of semi-surrealist storytelling into the antipodean mix in recent years.
Daniel Connell is more akin to this brand than the Jefferies / Hills extremities, and in Piece of Piss (a deceptively aggressive-sounding title there) he tells lots of curious episodes (some of which might actually have happened). Much of them revolve around animals, which makes sense for any Australian to talk about given the array of odd beasts that are housed in that nation, so fruit bats, magpies and spiders all make cameos.
Connell has been hanging out with his elderly neighbour of late and while he might hear some off-colour remarks, the Melbourne-based stand-up is just too much of a gent to hang his new buddy out to dry. Instead we hear offkilter tales of nervous flyers, a horse-ride that went wrong, and that overly-done, well-worn staple of stand-up, goat yoga …
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