Bad Dad North American Tour 2017

Bad Dad is going on tour! We're raising funds to send the show across the Atlantic for a US/Canada premiere.

Fortress of Dinglitude Culture April 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm
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Bad Dad is a 5-star reviewed one-man show, written and performed by actor, comedian and bad dad, Chris Dingli.

The show has been performed in London and other cities in the UK as well as in Malta and has been an audience and critical hit in every location.  It has a 100% positive review rating.

Bad Dad is a semi-autobiographical show that chronicles the trials and tribulations of becoming a first-time father. It is a gloriously funny, brutally honest account of Dingli’s experience as a father so far.

Dingli plays a multitude of characters taking the audience on a journey that includes offbeat takes on breast milk, cartoon characters, and sugary baked goods (amongst others).

As one 5 star review put it, “If you never wanted a child, go see this show. If you always wanted a child, go see this show. If you couldn’t care less about children, go see this show – you will still walk out entertained!”

“Refreshing… perfectly balanced anecdotes… touching moments…Dingli is a master of the stage” – 5 Stars, London Pub Theatre Review

“Delightful… the jokes come thick and fast… Bad Dad was so good that one hopes Chris Dingli delivers a sequel very soon” – 4.5 Stars, The Reviews Hub

“Hilariously memorable… had everyone in stitches from the word go… it has been a while since I laughed so much during a theatre performance” – Sunday Times

“Bad Dad proved to be one of the most side- splittingly funny and entertaining performances I have seen in a long time… not to be missed” – The Times

Bad Dad premiered in Malta in November 2015 in a self-produced run at MSpace in Msida. It received audience and critical acclaim and as a result was invited to be performed in London.

In May 2016, Bad Dad performed in London at the Ye Olde Rose & Crown theatre. As a result of those performances, the show was invited to perform in Birmingham, which it did in September 2016. Meanwhile, the show enjoyed a sold-out run at The Splendid in Valletta, over 5 weeks in the summer of 2016.

In May 2017, Bad Dad will be performed at the Brighton fringe festival at the Rialto Theatre.

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We’re now taking the show Stateside, to Toronto, Chicago and New York City. Over the space of a week, Bad Dad will play in 3 cities at top-class venues:

Toronto: Panasonic Theatre

The Panasonic Theatre is a live theatre owned and operated by Mirvish Productions, the largest theatrical promoter in Toronto and Canada. The Panasonic Theatre has previously hosted productions such as The Blue Man Group and We Will Rock You.

Chicago: The Second City

The Second City is possibly the world’s premier comedy club and theatre. Since its debut, The Second City has been a launching pad for comedians, actors, directors and others working in show business. Notable alumni include Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, John Belushi, John Candy, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Jeff Garlin, Ian Gomez, Bonnie Hunt, Richard Kind, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Andrea Martin, Jack McBrayer, Tim Meadows, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara, Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis, Joan Rivers, Amy Sedaris, Martin Short, George Wendt and Fred Willard, among many others.

NYC: The People’s Improv Theater

The Peoples Improv Theater is an award-winning training centre and comedy theatre in New York City, founded in 2002. The PIT is dedicated to the instruction, performance, and development of original comedy. Situated just south of Midtown Manhattan, the PIT’s original location is reborn as PIT Loft, a black box theatre that’s perfect for the show. The PIT is also home to NYC’s SOLOCOM, New York’s only solo comedy festival (which takes place in November).


We’ve come up with a bunch of awesome rewards you can claim if you support this project. Not only will you be helping one of Malta’s funniest exports to gain audience exposure in the world’s biggest markets, but you can also have some real fun in the process!


Milestone Rewards!

€4000 Milestone

When €4000 are reached, people who have pledged €50 and over will receive 2 tickets to a brand new, never-seen-before show, written and performed by Chris, exclusively for backers.


(27 June 2017)

We’re almost there! The Bad Dad North American Tour Campaign is 93% funded!

Because we’re so close and because I’m feeling so good about the tour (we’re confirming dates with the theatres!) I’ve decided to give my backers something extra special as a gift.

Until now, anyone who has donated €50 or more will receive two tickets to a brand new “never-seen-before” show (did anyone say Bad Dad sequel?) once we hit our goal of €4k.

I’ve decided to extend that. As from now, I’ll give 1 ticket to anyone who has donated between €20 and €50. This goes for anyone who has already donated too.

So to recap:

  • If you donate or have donated €20 or more up to €50, you get 1 ticket to the new show.
  • If you donate or have donated €50 or more, you get 2 tickets to the new show.

Simple really! Remember, these tickets will only become available once we hit our goal of €4000. We’ve only got €262 to go for these extra rewards to be unlocked, so spread the word and get others to support the campaign so that those tickets can be yours once we hit €4000.

These tickets are obviously in addition to the rewards offered at each level.

P.S: I’m not saying that the extra show will be a sequel to Bad Dad, but I can tell you that it will be just as entertaining! So get your friends, family, loved ones, strangers, enemies, heroes and henchmen to support the campaign.


(2 July 2017) FINAL BONUS! The next 10 people who donate €25 or more to the Bad Dad crowdfunding campaign, will get a ticket to the world premiere of Balzunetta Towers (in addition to the other rewards!)

(7 July 2017)

Only 5 tickets left for opening night of Balzunetta Towers! We’ve got €125 to go until we reach our goal. Don’t forget, anyone donating €25 or over will receive a ticket to the premiere of Balzunetta Towers on top of all the other rewards already promised!

(8 July 2017)

All tickets for opening night of Balzunetta Towers have been snapped up! Thanks for supporting the campaign and see you at the premiere!


Chris is an actor, comedian and writer who is much sought-after for his scripts and performances.

After training at Webber Douglas Academy for dramatic arts in London, Chris spent a decade touring the UK before returning to Malta where he co-hosts a drive time radio show on XFM on Fridays.

His stage and film work has seen him work with some of the world’s most recognisable names including Michael Bay, Rachel Weisz, Alejandro Amenábar, John Krasinski and Linda Gray.

He has performed under the patronage of the Queen of Spain, worked with Oscar-winner Emma Thompson as executive producer, helped adapt one of Philip Pullman’s novels for the stage, and co-starred alongside supermodel Kat Torres on screen.

He has worked with multiple Academy Award winners, Carnegie medal winners, and on world renowned platforms such as the BBC, SKY and USA Network.

He has written or co-written as well as performed in a number of comedy shows, as well as a comedy TV series.

In 2010 he created Dingle Bells Malcolm Smells, a semi-improvised comedy show that spawned a series of successful sequels over the years and which could be credited with kick-starting the recent renaissance of Malta’s alternative adult comedy scene.

He is currently however, perhaps mostly known as a producer, performer and head writer of the hugely successful satirical sketch show Comedy Knights, as well as for writing, co-producing and starring in the spin-off comedy television series, Comedy Knights TV Shorts, which aired in the spring of 2015 and which spawned several viral videos.

He is very much in demand as an event host and has been Master of Ceremonies for events such as the Valletta Film Festival and the HSBC Annual Summer Concert.

His recent credits include Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Doctors on BBC 1, and Sinbad on SKY.

In 2016, he completed a stand-up comedy residency at Hard Rock Cafe and his headlining One Night Comedy Special stand-up show sold out in under 48 hours.

In the summer of 2016, he played Lonny in the original Maltese cast of Rock of Ages to universally rave reviews. The production went on to become Malta’s longest-running musical.

In 2015, he premiered his one-man comedy show, Bad Dad. The show played to rave reviews when it premiered in London in May 2016. It continues to visit the UK and is about to embark on a North American tour in 2017.



Fortress of Dinglitude has extensive experience in the administration and management of various local projects, and a strong track record in collaborations with various local and international organisations. Fortress of Dinglitude has produced all of the Bad Dad performances to date in Malta, London and Birmingham and will produce the show’s upcoming trip to Brighton Fringe Festival in May 2017. Fortress of Dinglitude is also a co-producer of The Comedy Knights, the popular annual Christmas show, together with TAC Theatre.

In addition, Fortress of Dinglitude produced Darirari, a large-scale contemporary circus show commissioned by the Malta Arts Festival, as well as Shakeshorts, which premiered at ZiguZajg Festival in November 2016 and will run at Spazju Kreattiv in May 2017. Fortress of Dinglitude is also currently managing the show’s bookings for schools under the CulturePass program.

Fortress of Dinglitude is one of Malta’s prime promoters of stand-up comedy, booking shows at various locations and venues nationwide.

Jo Caruana is the owner of a PR firm that works with a number of high profile clients. She is Chris Dingli’s manager and writemanything is Fortress of Dinglitude’s publicist company.

Although this will be the first tour of Bad Dad that is being implemented, Fortress of Dinglitude has successfully organised and managed several trips overseas, to the satisfaction of the Arts Council Malta.

Bad Dad’s crowdfunding campaign is supported by XFM100.2.

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