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Tom Doig meets David Hasselhoff

Posted in media, publicity, shock and awe, trivia extravaganza on 8 February, 2011 by hitlerhoff

Adelaide Theatre Guide – 4-star review of Hitlerhoff

Posted in media, publicity, reviews, shock and awe, Uncategorized on 15 March, 2009 by hitlerhoff

Review by Anthony Grzyb

Don’t hassle this ‘Hitlerhoff’! Directed by Erin Kelly, this play is filled with all the off-the-wall zaniness one might expect from a tale that fuses the lives of both David Hasselhoff and Adolf Hitler!

The character of Hitlerhoff, while not a direct representation of the aforementioned individuals, has much in common with them – right down to the desire of world domination, and red Speedos! Set in the fictional ‘Austria-lia’, one cannot help but get caught up in the post-modern hilarity of “Hitlerhoff”.

While not for all tastes, this black comedy written by Tom Doig is witty and satirical. But it is the performances that instantly grab one’s attention. Tobias Manderson-Galvin, in the role of Hitlerhoff, is galvanizing; he portrays both the troubled youngster and adult Hitlerhoff with fierce assurance, while also giving a fine madcap performance.

Fellow cast members, Georgina Andrews and Joel Davey, play Hitlerhoff’s parents. In addition, each engages in rapid-fire costume changes playing an assortment of entertaining characters without misfire, that Hitlerhoff meets along his journey.

Yet, “Hitlerhoff” is not simply a ‘flight of fancy’, rather it asks tough questions on our perception of contemporary power, and the power we all hold in society for good, evil or banality.

Special mention must go to the inventive video projection with sequences by Anto Skene and Puck Murphy that further the play thematically.

Hitlerhoff” gets under the skin and one can’t help but ponder the show’s meanings long into the night!

If you enjoy your theatre avant garde, or are a pop culture buff – don’t miss this memorable Fringe performance.

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Hitlerhoff: auf wiedersen for now …

Posted in hitlerhoff production silliness, media, opening night, publicity, shock and awe, Uncategorized on 12 March, 2009 by hitlerhoff


Hitlerhoff … you know what, I wanted to do a show like that” – David Hasselhoff

“Clever, funny and outrageous” – The Age

“Laugh out loud and cringe with disgust” – Artshub

“It’s loud, it’s constantly in your face, it’s more than a little bit evil and to top it off it’s also sickeningly hilariousI loved every second of it” – Rip It Up

“Incredible punch and laugh out loud insight” , dBMagazine

“Don’t miss this memorable Fringe performance” – Adelaide Theatre Guide

Seemed like a great idea at the time” – Advertiser

Hitlerhoff is taking a break for now. But if you want him to come to your glamorous small town or obscure overseas fringe festival, email him: hitlerhoff (at), and we can talk about it.

HITLERHOFF detained by Australian Federal Police at Melbourne Airport due to realistic fake bomb; Channel 7 send in the cameras

Posted in publicity, shock and awe, trivia extravaganza with tags , , , , , , , on 1 March, 2009 by hitlerhoff

Don’t worry I’ve been released by Airport Security, Officials , Channel 7, Tiger Airways Staff and the Australian Federal Police – by Tobias Manderson-Galvin

“Tobias Manderson-Galvin has been called many things. Most too foul or humorous to print in what is a serious piece of journalistic prose. But a terrorist?
the offending package

the offending package


Well, yes there was that incident back in 2003 involving the poetry but it is better not to discuss it again when more pressing issues are at hand.

Yesterday at around one in the afternoon, Melbourne time, a set of fake explosives was discovered in Manderson-Galvin’s luggage as he attempted to board a flight to Adelaide.

It looks like the real deal,” said an obviously stressed Federal Police officer into his hand held radio as he called for back-up. The Federal Police were urgently summonsed by an alert and alarmed swarm of security personnel, airport staff and a Channel Seven film crew who were simply amazed that anyone could be so daring and so handsome as our young hero.

The device he was carrying is a prop – or so Manderson-Galvin claims – for the smash-hit stage show, Tom Doig’s ‘Hitlerhoff’. The revolutionary show is yet to open to the Adelaide Fringe and already it seems that government saboteurs could well be at work. The explosive has been confiscated permanently by the Federal Police but they have as yet made no official statement to the media as what will happen to the 9 pieces of wood painted red, the 4 inches of aluminium wire and the shiny silver alarm clock. Presumably it will be relegated to a cupboard or storeroom with legitimate explosive devices and restricted articles, a condition that will make it feel either ashamed at it’s in-genuine nature or proud to have somehow, against all odds, been taken seriously by anyone other than Wile. E Coyote.

Airport security and officials, Channel 7, Tiger Airways staff and the AFP all took turns at ‘discussing’ the matter with Hitlerhoff star Manderson-Galvin as well as the show’s Director Erin Kelly. A happy irony that perhaps this was one interrogation where a strip search did not need much persuasion and all could marvel at the power of the hidden goods with wonder and excitement.

Fortunately Manderson-Galvin and Hitlerhoff Director Erin Kelly were eventually allowed on to the plane by the airline who showed great compassion in holding the plane whilst the interrogation was conducted by the Federal Police and when the stewardesses were done ‘assisting’ the Hitlerhoff star onto the plane, it eventually left the tarmac- more than an hour after its scheduled departure time.


… there was a Channel 7 camera crew, filming a show called Border Security or something similar. They were talking to Tobias, because he looked funny – hair in curlers, suit and bow-tie – and were filming when Tobias and Erin had to repack their carry-on baggage, because it weighed too much … when this happened, the prop “bomb” was noticed by airport staff, and all hell (well, a little bit of hell) broke loose. Tobi and Erin made it to Adelaide in time for his performance on the Pod stage – just – but they were thoroughly rattled by the whole thing. HOWEVER, in a piece of good news, Channel 7 loved the footage they got, and are going to send a camera crew to Adelaide to film us building a new bomb for opening night, and will film opening night on Tuesday 10 March for their show … 15 seconds of tragic Aussie reality TV fame, coming up!

HITLERHOFF returns to Melbourne – ONE SHOW ONLY!

Posted in opening night, shock and awe on 17 February, 2009 by hitlerhoff

Ladies. Gentleman. Lovers of red Speedos!

photo: Max Milne

photo: Max Milne

HITLERHOFF is returning to Melbourne for one show only, before heading off to the badlands of Adelaide.

If you missed out last time around, this is your chance!

HITLERHOFF is new, and possibly improved. Extra jokes mingle with extra darkness.

Genesis: Re-Created star Tobias Manderson-Galvin (Hitlerhoff) will be joined by Neighbours star Georgina Andrews and notorious Shakespeare buff Joel Davey, to show us why Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Reich.

“Funny, clever and outrageous” – THE AGE

“Laugh out loud and cringe with disgust” – ARTSHUB

HITLERHOFF sold out most of its three-week Melbourne Fringe run, so book early this time round! Email to secure your tickets, at the appealing price of

WHERE: Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall
corner Lgyon St and Victoria St

WHEN: Thursday 5 March, 8pm

Stick around and have a pretzel afterwards!

HITLERHOFF posters, postcards, T-shirts and Y-fronts are available for avid collectors.

links to Hitlerhoff videos, on YouTube and Facebook …

Posted in hitlerhoff production silliness, interpretive dance, opening night, publicity, shock and awe with tags , , on 31 October, 2008 by hitlerhoff

Review from Richard Watts, Melbourne Fringe Chair

Posted in media, publicity, reviews, shock and awe with tags , , , , , , , on 2 October, 2008 by hitlerhoff

(from Richard Watts’ MAN ABOUT TOWN blog)


An unholy fusion of the lives of Adolph Hitler and David Hasslehoff that’s performed by a cast of three with the assistance of some simply superb video projection (congrats to Anto Skene and Puck Murphy) this twisted piece of camp irony was outrageous and laugh-out-loud funny. It did seem to drag a little towards the end, so I think it might have benefitted from being maybe 10 minutes shorter (though this may also have been an opening night flaw, as I was told today the show ran overtime on its first night), but for the most part it’s a very silly, very funny, and very wrong show. Special mention should be made of of Simone Page Jones and Exra Bix, who between them play a punishing range of characters, and do so with comic aplomb.

Three and half ‘did he just say what I think he said?’ gasps out of five.