Leo Kearse (Scottish Comedian of the Year 2017/18) is a brave comedian. His bold, raw and fun style has seen him perform in over 20 countries. Which means he's probably offended someone on every continent by now.
His previous show 'Right-Wing Comedian' was banned from venues in Perth last year following allegations of transphobia, despite many of the show's jokes being written by a trans woman he was dating at the time. Who doesn't love an honest comedian, right?
I never got the feeling Leo was playing some kind of character to make the subject of his jokes stand out. He knows he's flawed, he knows the audience are too and sometimes we just want to have fun. He rips into hippies, activists, political correctness and woke culture.
For a show as edgy as this one, the 6:15pm start makes it a bit of a 'matinee' performance for the early crowd.
Leo's broad Scottish accent and strong voice instantly give him a strong presence in the room (also probably helped by the spotlight and the stage).
Leo's selection of jokes and funny stories had the audience laughing hard at the beginning. As he pushed further into the show and into risky territory around gender and being 'woke' I could tell that Transgressive is definitely NOT for people who sign online petitions.
I reckon Leo walks a very fine line - never being outright offensive to the point people might leave but he pushes that envelope. He mocks a timid and banal modern-day media and takes aim at cancellation culture. He makes no apologies and ploughs on regardless in a relatable and down-to-earth manner.
Transgressive is brave and different. I like shows that have been frowned upon by the 'establishment', so I came to see what people tried to ban - because they tried to ban it. I found it to be original, outrageously funny and utterly shameless. Transgressive is a bit of a class in discussing sometimes risky topics openly and in good humour - or we are all lost.
This show would definitely be a one-star review from The Guardian, which is also why I liked it. Four stars from me.
Transgressive plays at The Sky Room from Tuesday 3rd March - Sunday 8th March and Tuesday 10th March - Sunday 15th March at 6:15pm.
The Sky Room is conveniently located above the main bar at The Griffins Hotel on Grenfell St, 38 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide.