Superman vs. Batman is a pretty standard question, but Battle of the Superheroes: The Great Superhero Debate doesn’t stop with the common superheroes. Instead, the humour lies in the plethora of lesser-known superheroes that permeate the various universes. The show comprises of two parts. The first is where four comedians each present the superheroes they are representing in whatever manner they believe will be most convincing, and then in the second half, the audience is invited to throw questions their way. Audience participation is crucial and no question is off limits.
The lineup of comedians varies each night, as does the superheroes being represented. Each of the shows is a heat, and the winner of the heats move towards the final debate which is held on the last weekend of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, crowning the ultimate superhero.
We went to the see the first heat, at which Superman, Groot, Harvey Birdman and Squirrel Girl were represented. I am almost certain no one knew who Squirrel Girl was, but this did not impact the debate at all. If anything, it ensued more laughs.
Battle of the Superheroes provides much comedic value, plenty of laughs, and a debate where nothing is certain. Even if you know nothing about superheroes (like many in the audience), a fun time is still guaranteed. And the usual scenarios where Superman always wins everything, no such guarantees can be made here. Just ask Harvey Birdman who managed to win his heat and a spot in the finals!
Moni is married to a guy who is obsessed with superhero movies. As a result, her knowledge of superheroes has improved by default.
Battle of the Superheroes: The Great Superhero Debate runs from 31 March to 22 April 2018 (60mins) at Elephant and Wheelbarrow – Melbourne. Purchase tickets now.
The venue is accessible.