Having spent the last nine years playing Chopper in his other stand up comedy show, Heath Franklin breaks free of Chopper and gets to do observational comedy that he otherwise couldn’t use Chopper as a mouth piece for. In fact Heath Franklin’s “Chopper: Big F**Ken Late Show” is running at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Heath arrives on stage with the Chopper Aviator sunglasses, handlebar moustache and texta tattoos and after some initial banter sheds the Chopper character. Part of the story is Heats relationship to the character of Chopper and one feels that there may be a bit of psychic divorce in the offing.
Heath is a brilliantly together, savvy, energetic comic who has that sublime ear for the audience. He gets to talk about his own relationships, being a Dad, his two boys and life in multicultural western Sydney
The conceit behind the show comes from his comedian mates who hit crises in their lives and turn that around and use it to make a show. Heath grudgingly admires the turn of shite in life to gold comedy and uses audience experiences to improvise vignettes of comedy out of the tragedy of peoples lives to hilarious effect.
Review by Conor O’Neill
Ticketmaster 1300 660 013. At the door
DATES & TIMES21 Shows 27 Mar – 20 Apr
VENUE: Trades Hall – The Front Room
PRICES: $18 – $27.90