Gaypocalypse Reviews (Adelaide)

Some lovely reviews from my limited Adelaide run of Gaypocalypse have come in. You can read the full review by clicking on the pull quote text. Yes, I snigger every time I think of pull quotes. I also imagine someone trying to give a wristie to  a sentence, which is weird. (Full text of all reviews also available after the jump)

RIP IT UP
"Bawdy, filthy and definitely hilarious..." 4 Stars

HECKLER
"..a surprisingly clever and hilarious show."

ON DIT (ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY)
"I was doubled over with laughter..."

FRESH 92.7
"..wonderful energy and presence..."

Full Text of Reviews

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Rip It Up

While he may have proclaimed himself the "Formerly Fabulous Adam Richard", following a move from commercial breakfast radio to ABC’s Spicks And Specks, the “former” is entirely unnecessary. Adam Richard is still undoubtedly fabulous.
 
Bawdy, filthy and definitely hilarious, Richard spends a rollicking 50 minutes tackling the big topics of gay marriage and boat people – otherwise known as the end of the world as we know it – through a lens that is slightly more glitter-flecked than rose-tinted. With jokes flying at a rapid-fire pace, zombies, politicians, gays, lesbians and Maria Von Trapp all feel the delightful sting of Richard’s now famous brand of campy, pointed wit.
 
It’s clearly a well-rehearsed show, and while it may be a touch too serious at times, it certainly had the audience rolling in the aisles. If this really is the apocalypse, at least we went out with a bang.
 
Rating: 4 (out of 5)
Nikki Mott
 
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Heckler
 
Adam Richard‘s comedy career has been long and rich. Spanning over twenty years, and including stand-up, radio and now television, many fresh young comics would die to know what his secret is. It’s simple, he’s really funny.
 
Be it boatloads of zombies arriving at our shores blasting Gloria Estefan, or just lesbians going to Bunnings, Adam had the whole crowd in stitches as he reminded us that the best way to get people laughing is to start by laughing at yourself. The very vague themes of apocalypse, zombies, and of course all things gay somehow come together to make a surprisingly clever and hilarious show.
 
The social justice warrior in me always gets a little nervous before a show. Will Gaypocolypse be an hour of out-dated stereotypes and cheesy one liners? Or worse still, will I be stuck in a room with 50 people all fidgeting awkwardly as “the line” is abandoned and poor taste reigns supreme? Thankfully, Adam Richard not only saved me from a night of cringing, but he even went above and beyond, cleverly addressing a few topical issues with tact and ease.
 
Although Adam may not have made me cringe, he did make me blush a few times with admissions that I dare not repeat. I suspect that his PG13 day jobs have left him with a filthy streak that’s just dying to come out, and come out it did! But while Adam Richard’s Gaypocalypse might just give your dear old nan a heart attack, it’s definitely a show worth seeing. ​
 
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On Dit (Adelaide University)
 
Words: Max Cooper
 
Gaypocalypse is the grand return of Adam Richard to the Fringe- his first show back since 2009.
 
Gaypocalypse is a filthy, funny, gay old show. I genuinely mean all of that, so if you're easily put off by jokes of a less than proper nature, you probably shouldn't. If you arent- great! He happily pokes fun at lesbians and 'poofters' with boatloads of energy and enthusiasm.
 
In terms of content, Richard addresses the issue of marriage equality quite a lot, and despite his fabulous delivery, this could drag at times. Despite this, the show covers a range of other parts of his life, such as his personal opinions regarding national politics, gay culture, and The Walking Dead.
 
Personally, I loved the moments where Richard got quite filthy in his humour, as he does raunchy humour incredibly well. And as I have said, the show does get incredibly raunchy, especially considering it started not long after 7.
 
I was doubled over with laughter more than once, and I and my fellow audience members were cackling all through the show. Even when jokes didn't quite hit the mark for me personally, Richard's delivery was faultless almost to a point, and the love he has for standup and performance was infectious.
 
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Fresh 92.7
Fringe Review: Adam Richard
by Emily Angwin
 
Adam Richard, otherwise known to avid listeners of Melbourne FoxFM radio as the Fabulous Adam Richard has taken his stand-up to the Adelaide Fringe in a show entitled Gaypocolypse.
 
Those of you who are regular watchers of the ABC may recognize Richard from the newly revamped Spicks and Specks line-up as a team captain along with musician Ella Hooper and host Josh Earl.  Or from the series Outland, a TV show that he wrote and starred in in 2012.
Given his past as a gossip and comedy specialist on radio, it would be easy to assume his material may stay on a light-hearted and frivolous level. But it’s not all Richard manages to make you tear with laughter one minute, and the next you find yourself listening to a heartfelt story that makes you consider the deeper message behind his quips.  Sometimes the best kind of comedy is when you can really connect with the comedian as a member of the audience, as well as be entertained by them.
 
His presence and personality fills the room, leaving little room or need for direct audience banter. Instead he sticks to his material and touches on relationships, politics in Australia, musicals, masculinity and family life in his 60-minute show. His material and subject matter are all very suited to him, and are sprinkled with plenty of sass, sparkle and a surprising element of poignancy and depth.
 
Adam takes us on a journey recounting his past experiences as a young man that shaped him into the person he has become today, as well as peppering the evening with several references to a possible impending zombie apocalypse.  That pairing is perhaps an odd combination but is comes together quite well.
 
The finale features a show-stopping rendition of a Judy Garland classic, featuring some surprisingly magnificent vocals from the man himself. If he ever decides to quit his job as a comedian/television host he could potentially make it in the musical theatre world. For real.
 
The highlight of the evening was definitely his wonderful energy and presence, as well as his impression of his mother doing Tina Turner- which was fabulous. And unsurprisingly, so is Adam Richard.