As I crossed at the light from Mass Avenue to St. Clair Street, on my way to Dadbod, there was a large, loud, and obnoxious man along with a group of friends sharing the sidewalk with me. I let them walk ahead of me. When the doors to the show opened, I was one of the first in. I grabbed my spot. Front row, last seat stage left, and moved my chair about a foot away from the others. I laid my pen and pad on the seat next to me. I was set and separated.


Just before the show began, the loud, large obnoxious man and his friends came in. He sat almost directly behind me. When the performer, Brad, took the stage, the LLM (loud, large man) began hooting and hollering before Brad had said one word. Brad stopped, looked at the LLM, and said, “Excuse me, sir, have you been drinking?” Brad’s tone was polite, accusatory, and funny all at the same time. The audience and the LLM laughed.

Sleep Deprivation

Brad began the show sharing that he and his wife had a three-year-old, two-year-old, and a one-month-old at home. I wondered how he’d power through the performance – sleep deprivation, you know. He shared many stories about his family, wife, babies, and mom and dad. I have two pages of notes, but I’m not going to spoil the show. No spoiler alert here – well, at least not a lot. I will say I thoroughly enjoyed the show. For me, the litmus test of a fringe show is whether I check the time during the show. I didn’t look at my phone once.

A Lactation Consultant

Brad explained coming back to the delivery room from fetching a diet coke to find a woman massaging his wife’s breasts. He said it was like he had gone through a portal to a new dimension. The medical staff person explained she was a lactation consultant. Brad looked at his notebook and then said. “This is a new bit. I’m not sure how it ends.” I said, “Where are the classes?” Brad looked at me and said, “That’s it!” He couldn’t find a pen, so I threw him mine.

Go see Dadbod

This review isn’t about me. That’s not why I brought up our interaction. I share it because that’s who Brad is, and the audience loved it.

Go see this show. I promise you it will be a great show. I’m just not going to guarantee what he’s going to say or do. That’s part of what Dadbod is.

Follow Brad Hinshaw on Instagram: @Bradhinshaw


8/26 – 7:30 PM

8/28 – 9 PM

9/02 – 9 PM

9/05 – 4:30 PM

IndyFringe Indy Eleven Theatre

 719 E. St Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202