"Daniel Oldaker maximizes the subtlety of live performance, often using little more than his eyebrows to get huge laughs from the audience"

 "High energy clowning rivals Buster Keaton." 

 "Oldaker is a master of object manipulation." 


Directed by Trent Baumann, Paul Bourke and Rani Huszar, Dandyman uses acrobatics, circus skills, magic, and comedic relief to create a fresh and outrageous show.

Where to even begin with this Australian comedic genius? As his first tour performing in Canada, Dandyman Daniel Oldaker is as charming as he is entertaining. He had the crowd roaring with laughter with his crazy antics and awesome tricks. Oldaker kept me guessing and I always wanted to know what he could possibly do next as his performance was so unpredictable. I honestly couldn’t tell what was funnier between the sketch comedy or the improvised comedy in the show. It was so much fun! 



Take a dash of Mr Bean, throw in a pinch of Ed Grimley, a handful of Jacques Tati, some juggling balls, a bowtie made of straws and a watermelon and you've arrived somewhere in the neighbourhood of Daniel Oldaker's Dandyman.

I wasn't completely convinced at the start of the show as to how funny Oldaker actually was... the audience seemed to be laughing more at him somewhat nervously rather than because he was genuinely funny.

And there was a slightly odd change of tone in the second sequence that seemed at odds with what had gone before it.

 But the longer Dandyman went on, the more Oldaker won me over.

Although at times it feels a little like a magic show, it's definitely more of a physical comedy though... the few "magic tricks" he does are played for the comedy aspect and subverting the audience's expectations rather than a true magic trick. 

And without giving anything away, the final sequence with the watermelon is not only like nothing I've ever seen before, but was hilarious and clever and unexpected.

A definite quirky late night Fringe treat.

We certainly didn’t see the ending coming, or some of the other twists and turns in this physical comedy.

ADELAIDE FRINGE 2013 -Yannissm


“Presented with exceptional energy, the show demonstrates Oldaker’s live performance skills while constantly subverting the conventions of comedy and circus, withdrawing the predictability to offer a genuinely unique Festival experience”



"...the most captivating and engaging entrance for a show..."



Physical comedy is a bit of a poisoned chalice. Audiences have largely come to accept that jugglers are for children and adults are only meant to enjoy bitter, observational stand-up. Adult physical comedy is considered to be either antiquated (Buster Keaton) or unsophisticated (Mr. Bean). Daniel Oldaker, as Dandyman, is set to show us that the style still has bite aplenty.

Dandyman is a refined show that sells every gag, from air-guitar juggling to impromptu origami, with mischievous misdirection. Oldaker knows his routine and he knows it well, and readily incorporates audience participation, as well as interruptions and mishaps, into his act. The comedy is carefully composed, and paced with moments of poignancy, to build towards fruition with a ridiculous final gag, one involving a watermelon, which must have seemed like a bad idea at the time.

Dandyman is cheeky, clever and a whole mess of fun.



"I have now seen Dandyman three times and it’s always something new.....Last night the Fringe Club played host to the most talented artist at this years Fringe, Daniel Oldaker...."