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Adelaide Fringe '18 Review: Harley Breen


Adelaide Fringe '18 Review: Harley Breen

Michaela McGrath

Off the back of a stint in commercial brekky radio, Harley Breen returns to the stand-up comedy circuit this Adelaide Fringe Festival with vigour, NSFW stories and a whole-hearted determination to say fuck, a lot.

“If you came to this show to learn something, you’re absolutely in the wrong place,” says Breen, “in fact you might even walk out dumber”.  

His brand-new show, Flat Out Doing Nothing, takes the mundane and elevates it through an infectious stage presence and cheeky wit. The show approaches topics of parenting, drugs and life decisions under a guise of classic Aussie larrikinism that keep the laughs rolling from one bit to the next.

Despite what the title may suggest, the show is far from a cool, calm and collected affair. Impressive facial expressions and all-in commitment to each and every joke (hell, he even brings along faecal sample jars as a prop), Breen is every bit as engaging as he is hilarious.

It’s crude in the best way possible, towing the line of obtuse vulgarity and keeping the audience on their toes, on a journey from poo jokes to weed decarboxylation and back to poo again.

The show’s only downfall is its lack of direction. Jumping around between jokes (both figuratively and literally), Breen’s boundless enthusiasm occasionally interrupts the set’s natural flow and makes for a feeling of unfinished business. Like an enthusiastic kid reeling off an exciting day at school, you can hardly fault a comedian so hyped by tales of his own wacky life that even he gets caught up in the fun of it all.

If belly laughs, candid life stories and awkward encounters in pharmacists and sex shops are your thing, don’t miss Harley Breen’s Flat Out Doing Nothing at Studio 7 this Fringe season.  


Where? Studio 7, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Rundle Park, East Terrace, Adelaide

When? February 21 – March 04

Tickets: from $25.00 here

Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Header image via Adelaide Fringe.