On Sunday night a lucky audience was treated to the comedy stylings of Labor Senator Sam Dastyari. It wasn’t another Senate all-nighter, but instead the New South Wales Labor Senator’s guest appearance on the live recording of The Little Dum Dums podcast as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Despite the fact that many in the audience – and at least one of the two hosts – did not know who Dastyari was, his jokes were warmly welcomed. Dastyari described himself as not a fan of the podcast, but aware of the podcast. The hosts said they felt the same about Labor. At the end of the show when asked to plug their gigs, Dastyari mentioned July 2 as his next gig. Host Karl Chandler said he would have to google that to figure out what that meant.


Dastyari was sporting a vintage “It’s Our Ruddy Future” 2013 campaign T-shirt on stage, and if you’re wondering what merch the 2016 election will bring, Dastyari may have given some hints. He promised the audience that he would wear a Little Dum Dums T-shirt in a future press conference — though something tells us the higher-ups in Labor probably won’t be too pleased with the optics of Dastyari wearing a T-shirt with “Little Dum Dums Club” emblazoned on it. If this, and his upcoming DJ gig with fellow Labor politician Tim Watts is anything to go by, Ms Tips is expecting DJ Dasher will have a more interesting election campaign than the usual shaking-hands-and-kissing-babies routine.

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