Dave Collins and Shane Dundas are The Umbilical Brothers, an Australian comedy duo. Their act needs to be seen to be believed. It consists of goofy skits with premises ranging from trivial (a bum trying to get 20¢ by washing a driver’s windshield) to absurd (tiny ‘people’ running Dave’s body). Sound effects and physical movement play a big part.
The Umbies have performed numerous shows over their 20-year career, including SpeedMouse and Don’t Explain, which are available on DVD. In 2006, they starred in children’s show The Upside Down Show. And like many of my favourite comedians, they had a regular spot on The Sideshow in 2007, where they performed many of their best sketches.
Recently, The Umbilical Brothers have been touring stadiums in Australia and New Zealand with Robin Williams. Reviews of the show haven’t failed to mention the duo, who have almost upstaged Williams.
Lots of their Sideshow sketches are on YouTube. Here are a few. I encourage you to check out more!
Best tap dancing ever:
Gl-glitch (possibly my favourite):
Air Guitar (with Tripod):
EDIT 3/9/11: Dave made a short film that was a finalist at Tropfest. It’s called ‘Silencer.’ Watch the whole thing. It doesn’t go where you think it might.