FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Battle of the Superheroes – The Great Debate (4 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

Let the battle begin! Four Superheroes duke it out for the ultimate title! Well, not really it is four comedians debating funnily about which Superhero do they think is the greatest. This concept is created by compare of the night, Nik Coppin, an English comedian who loves his comics but if you say you prefer DC to Marvel he will berate you to oblivion.

When you enter the tent that this show is in, you see four microphones and think this is going to be an interesting battle. Often comedians are not on stage together and so you can imagine when they are, madness explodes in front of you! However, Coppin is an experienced MC so if he knows how to control an audience, he’ll know how to moderate four comedians.

Coppin opens with enthusiasm and questions the audience to find out if there are any comic geeks in the crowd. This night there appears to be just one with hardcore knowledge but Coppin reassures us that this is not important, as everybody knows the basics of Superheroes. Just think how many movies have been made about them, recently. Once Coppin describes the format of the show, one at a time a comedian comes on representing a Superhero of their choice. Now some of these chosen come across as a bit silly but this is the charm of the show. The compare intermittently asks the audience general comic book questions and finally the show ends with a Q&A, where the audience uses the information gathered to decide on a winner.

Battle of the Superheroes – The Great Debate is a fun show for comic geeks and non-geeks alike – so watch for some wild entertainment.


Where: 4th – 9th February 2017 | 6:00pm

Where: The Shambles | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: $16 – $21

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Suitable 18+