Go on a trip down memory lane with Sammy J in his new show ‘Hero Complex.’ Sammy brings the nostalgia and the photos to prove it with his autobiographic tale. Comic book hero the Phantom provides the backbone for the entire story. Followers of the comic will appreciate Sammy’s fandom.
For those that have never heard of the purple spandexed hero – never fear. He quickly brings the rest of the audience up to speed on essential details including the Phantom’s wife, lair, and accessories.
The show is personal, chronicling awkward childhood through to adult misadventures with a self-depreciating celebration of nerdom. Fortunately, Sammy’s easy going charm quickly engaged the audience. Stylistically, the show has moved past stand-up and into comedic story-telling. Projected photos prove the authenticity of the narrative, while humorous songs punctuate the memoir.
It’s common to catch Sammy J performing in larger venues at other festivals. However, the smaller Northcote Town Hall space created a more intimate atmosphere that suited the story. This up-close-and-personal experience is part of the charm of Fringe. I walked out of the performance believing I knew both the Phantom and Sammy J a little bit better.
Jenny S. is an event adventurer. When she’s not attending live shows, you can find her sampling the latest craft beer or sipping a creative cocktail.
‘Hero Complex‘ runs through Saturday 1 October at Northcote Townhall.
This venue is accessible.