Prepare yourself for spontaneous absurdity and continual belly laughs, TOD Talks is back! Part gameshow, part lecture, this interactive improv is sure to leave the audience in stitches every night.
Unlike its only-slightly more renowned counterpart, TOD Talks gives the layperson the opportunity to contribute to thought provoking (yet utterly ridiculous) lectures and stories that get to the crux of questions you would never in your wildest dreams think to ask, but boy do you want to know the answer!
After an eye-watering opening roast from the productions adorable AI robot, our MC Owen warms up the comedic contestants with a round of TED or DEAD. Are these one-liners actually TED Talks or Darwin Awards? Sometimes, the line is far more blurred than you think, and our contestants were lightning-quick to spin us a tale.
The show centres around five brave comedians, tasked with delivering on-the-spot presentations of the most bizarre of topics, partly designed by the audience and fresh each night. If this challenge wasn’t enough, each comedian is sprung with a random array of slides that they must somehow weave into their on-the-fly narrative. These slides act as wild cards to keep the comedians and audience on their toes at all times, and it works.
Each performance offered the audience something brilliant, unique and (of course) utterly absurd. The suite of TOD talks presented on this night gifted us the unsought knowledge of how to survive a suspicious placement of 37 ferrets, emphasised the life-ruining nature of service-station bought presents and promoted the benefits of living life more like a penguin (I’m sold!). After each topic was pealed back and dissected, the audience judge panel displayed their scores in game-show fashion, with the contestant’s fate truly the hands of the audience.
The recipe of audience subject-matter input, spontaneous slides, game-show competitiveness, and an abundance of comedic quick-wit, makes this show a sure bet to provide an action-packed hour of laughter. Bring your pseudo-intellectual thinking cap and buckle up, this one is quite the ride!