It’s no accident that I have reviewed Dilruk Jayasinha for this website three years in a row. I’ve been a fan of Jayasinha’s comedy for a while now and, over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to see his crowds grow from about a dozen people tucked away into a back room at ACMI to packing out the Swiss Club with over 150 people. My partner insisted we do a quick count on the way out, so I could illustrate my point.
Along the way, I’ve also been able to watch Jayasinha’s skill as a comedian grow. He’s always been good with a joke and keen observations of Australian culture and how it has affected him as a person, but each year his shows have developed from a series of jokes and stories to a consistently crafted comedy narrative.
His new show, Bundle of Joy, sees Jayasinha making a conscious choice to be more accessible to a broader range of people. That’s not to say he makes fewer dick jokes, they’re still all through the show. It just means that he has incorporated some material on a topic that everyone can relate to: death.
Of course, Bundle of Joy isn’t an ironic title, regardless of the material. Jayasinha is an up-beat and joyous guy, even when discussing potentially heavy or depressing subjects. The stories about his family, in particular, are as sweet as they are fun. Jayasinha’s show is hilarious, expertly devised and snappily delivered. I can definitely recommend seeing this bundle of joy in Bundle of Joy. Who knows, maybe you will pick up my tradition of seeing him every comedy festival.
Bundle of Joy is on at the Swiss Club until 22 April as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets, show details and accessibility information are available via the MICF website.