The Royalty Theatre was packed to the brim to see local, national and international acts take the stage for the Adelaide Fringe Comedy Gala on February 17.

It was clear to see why this is such a hot ticket at the Adelaide Fringe each year as the audience got to sample a bunch of comedic greats, from new talent to old favourite for over two and a half hours (which went by in a flash!).

Laurence Mooney did a fantastic job stepping in as host as Peter Helliar could not be in attendance. He riled the crowd up with some poo humour, which we can all relate to.

The first act was Adelaide Fringe regular Simon Taylor, whose story about changing a tyre in the country had everyone in fits.

Butt Kapinski followed, hitting a flat note with the audience. Her lisping film noir detective caricature was ill-received. Despite a lot of audience engagement, a large chunk of her act involving participation from the audience which couldn’t be seen by anyone seated upstairs.

Then Neel Kolhatkar’s self-depreciating humour about the struggles of being a short Indian-Australian who just wants to be sexually objectified had me in stitches.

Energetic, rapid talking Joel Creasey kept the show flowing with some hilarious anecdotes from his time spent in the jungle for “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here”. Let’s just say Marcia Brady is a kook!

It was a hard act to follow but all the way from Manchester, UK, Georgie Carroll was a highlight of the night. Her razor sharp wit and hysterical musings on how she raises her children had me begging for a longer set. Definitely one to see!

Akmal Saleh closed the first half of the show, also talking about his time on “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here”.

Local Adelaidian Mick Dwyer (or Mickey D) started the second half strong but Adrienne Truscott, American feminist and Adelaide Fringe Ambassador, had the lowest point of the evening. Ten minutes of rape jokes were viewed as tasteless for the vast majority. It proved too much for one audience member to bear. Host Laurence Mooney managed to calm the restless crowd from booing too much and restored the laughter after what was quite an awkward moment for all.

Merrick Watts’s jokes about his mum’s homemade clothes took a lighter side which many were relieved for.

Amos Gill followed up with a cringe worthy tale of his first handjob and Tom Gleeson ended the note on a high by poking holes in the logic of renewable energy naysayers.

All in all, it was a rollicking good time and the perfect way to start the Adelaide Fringe season.

4 stars

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By Josh van’t Padje