Fringe World Perth 2016

Battle of the Superheroes: The Superhero Debate, Fringe World Perth 2016

0 Comments 30 January 2016

Where do Batman and Iron Man sit on the Forbes Fictional 15 Rich List? What would happen if Superman, Lex Luthor, Green Lantern and the Joker lost their powers and were forced into mundane tasks like washing dishes and scrubbing floors? These and other topics are explored between good-spirited Fringe comedians over the course of an hour-long show.

Each performance features a different set of comedians representing a range of heroes, so you’ll get a new show every night. My favourite ‘battle’ featured Andrew Roper passionately defending Superman’s clean cut image against Byron Bertram’s suitably villainous portrayal of Lex Luthor. While Roper enthusiastically listed Superman’s positive traits both as hero and person, Bertram went on the offensive, pointing out that Superman ‘hides’ in a department full of investigative journalists, all whom are none the wiser to his identity.

Meanwhile, Bertram poked fun at everything from the Man of Steel’s ‘stupid haircut’ to the fact that ‘he wears his underpants on the outside’, and adamantly polarised the audience with the hilarious (yet thought provoking) notion that Lex Luthor has done more for global charity and healthcare through money than Superman has through heroics.

We were also invited to participate in a trivia contest to win assorted superhero comics (hoard them, who knows how much they’ll be worth someday). The hosts accosted representatives with all-important questions, like who would be the most fun to have at a party, what would happen if they were to find themselves stuck in traffic, and which hero present would prove the most effective housemaid? It’s a bizarre sight to see multiple grown men passionately arguing over superhero superlatives, but it made for great entertainment.

We’ve been saturated with superhero films of late and so this is a welcome comedic take on a huge phenomenon; it was also a delightful evening. The winner of each ‘round’ moves on to the final showdown on Monday evening, where you’re guaranteed an epic battle, with laughs of comic proportions.

Battle of the Superheroes: The Superhero Debate runs nightly until Monday February 1. Tickets available here.

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