After 17 years the Rhino Room Late Show is an Adelaide institution, and if you are still a Late Show virgin, or just haven’t gone in a while, I would strongly recommend attending – unless you are easily offended. Politically correct is not something you would have found in the old Rhino Room and Adelaide Comedy have not tried to cultivate it in their new Pirie St venue either. Vegans be warned. With a changing line-up of nine comics over a two-hour session each show will be different, however, there will be something for everyone and a lot for most.

Saturday’s brilliant show was kicked off and hosted by Fringe veteran Lindsay Webb, whose ability to read the audience and land his improv without fail made him an instant favorite. Comedian Tom Gleeson was another standout, using his quick-wit to deftly handle “sex pest” hecklers who had been enjoying the easy access bar a little too much. His acerbic comedy covered everything from political lampoons to sexual predator fruit, and each joke was delivered with such timing that he brought the house down.

The second act was carried away by internationally acclaimed, Aussie stand-up Becky Lucas whose self-confessed sex-negative attitude was sidesplitting. London comedian Jimmy McGhie ended the night on a high with his witty, insightful comparison of the generations and their approach to privacy, love and road bikes. Needless to say, the show was absolutely chockers with talent.  

For comic excellence you can’t go past the Rhino Room Late Show.  The quality of the performers is such that you will be struggling to pick your favourite. Trust me, I tried to pick on and ended up picking four.

★★★★

For show times and to book tickets, see the Fringe guide.