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Adelaide Comedy Night at the Marion Hotel

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by James Newcombe (subscribe)
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For the best comedy in Adelaide
I ventured into the western suburbs to an Adelaide Comedy night at the Marion Hotel last Wednesday night.

Adelaide Comedy, Marion Hotel, Fabien Clark, Leigh Qurban, Angus Hodge, Deb Bland, Damo Cordang, Hard-core Damo, Heath Franklin, Chopper Read, comedians Adelaide
MC Fabien Clark is one of the most laid-back MC's you will ever see.


A large, enthusiastic crowd had already gathered at this down to earth venue, which seems like it was purpose built for comedy. Pool tables, cool music, good priced meals and even a Galactica machine from the 80's kept the punters occupied before the show began. I also like the way you can eat a meal there while you are watching the show from a variety of seating options.

Adelaide Comedy, Marion Hotel, Fabien Clark, Leigh Qurban, Angus Hodge, Deb Bland, Damo Cordang, Hard-core Damo, Heath Franklin, Chopper Read, comedians Adelaide,
Tattood and slightly disturbing 'hard-core' Damo certainly lives up to his name.


MC Fabien Clark, looking like a surfie who stole a suit, was hilarious with his stories about his kids and family relationships. From the quick-witted Leigh Qurban, the self-deprecating local Deb Bland, the edgy, unsettling 'hard-core' Damo and the 'thinking man's comic' Angus Hodge; all the comedians offered something different, in their own unique style.

Adelaide Comedy, Marion Hotel, Fabien Clark, Leigh Qurban, Angus Hodge, Deb Bland, Damo Cordang, Hard-core Damo, Heath Franklin, Chopper Read, comedians Adelaide
Leigh Qurban had some hilarious putdowns about hen's nights and KFC.


The rapid-fire format kept the crowd amused and interested, and was followed by the headline act, Heath Franklin as his alter-ego 'Chopper'. The master of putdowns, Chopper launched into a tirade on subjects as diverse as politics, flying, boat people, Kiwis, getting older, reality TV, coffee tables, Bear Grills and fast food. One of the audience decided to get in on the act and Chopper handled it with aplomb, with a series of great comebacks.

Adelaide Comedy, Marion Hotel, Fabien Clark, Leigh Qurban, Angus Hodge, Deb Bland, Damo Cordang, Hard-core Damo, Heath Franklin, Chopper Read, comedians Adelaide
Heath Franklin as Chopper was the headline act and didn't disappoint.


Six comedians plus a very funny MC for only $15 was terrific value. Adelaide Comedy has a great range of comedians coming up including Dave Callan, Randy, Jason Chong, Justin Hamilton, Peter Berner and Mikey Robbins. And with a choice of venues and days at either the Rhino Room, Marion Hotel or the Arkaba you'd be silly to miss out!
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Why? For a good laugh
When: over the next few months
Where: Rhino Room, Marion Hotel, Arkaba Hotel
Cost: Varies, around $15
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