Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: Rhino Room Late Show

Presented by Adelaide
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Adelaide’s most well known comedy venue is determined to go out with a bang with this year’s late show being the last to take place in the iconic Rhino Room. They have gathered the best of the best with every night being a different line up of A+ comedians for what can only be described as adult only and politically incorrect comedy. If you are easily offended, this show may not be for you. However, if you love comedy that isn’t afraid to poke fun at sex, drugs, race and religion then this is right up your alley and provides an excellent sneak peek at artists’ shows if you are wanting a taste tester of sorts.

First cab off the rank saw Greg Fleet host Tessa Waters, James McCann, Merrick Watts, Joel Creasy, Akmal Saleh and international comedian Finn Taylor.

Tessa Waters bought the girl power with her hilarious sketches which took audience participation to a whole new level.

James McCann or as he describes himself “Harry Potter mixed with Ron Weasley complete with Hermione’s boobs- not young Hermione but book 7 Hermione” bought the laughs with his witty humour.

Merrick Watts was his usual charismatic self, poking fun at everything from Adelaide drivers to his Mum’s sewing skills.

Joel Creasy was absolutely fantastic with his retelling of his time spent in the jungle with Marcia Brady and the hilarious explanations of moments throughout his childhood when he knew he was gay.

Akmal Saleh also brought stories from his time in the jungle and lead the political jabs at Abbott and Trump which lead nicely into Finn Taylor’s set. Political correctness was thrown out the window and the International comedian brought the show to an end with a set which made you gasp as well laugh, with all the things you wouldn’t normally say out loud.

Greg Fleet tied the show together nicely with affectionate introductions and ongoing banter. Which engaged the audience through until the early hours of the morning. My suggestion would be to ignore the time specified on the listing with 90 minutes turning into a two and a half hour show.

The artists change each night so my rating is based on the artists I saw and the value for money. If you get a chance, most definitely see this show and become a part of Rhino Room history before they move to a new venue.

Reviewed by Tara Forbes

Rating out of 5: 5

Venue:  Rino Room
Season:  Feb 23,24,25 March 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18
Duration:  90mins
Tickets:  $20-$28
Bookings: Fringetix


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