When you think of Australian icons, ‘The Caramello Koala’, ‘Vegemite’ and ‘Kel Knight’ may come to mind. One man however is renowned Australia-wide for better or worse, Mark ‘Chopper’ Read. An ex-underworld gangster turned Australian celebrity. Books have been sold, and movies made, telling the infamous back-story of Uncle Chop-Chop. Chopper was known for having the charisma of a thousand men, which lead to a unique portrayal throughout media of the man with no ears.
Eric Bana played the role in critically acclaimed Australian film ‘Chopper’ in the early 2000’s, with lines from the film still quoted today. Only further enlarging the reputation of Chopper was comedian Heath Franklin’s comedic impersonation. Franklin puts the underworld gangster character in typical day scenarios, such as the grocery store or at the zoo. Whilst Franklin’s impersonation is more constructed on Bana’s Chopper then the real life individual, he manages to create a sense of likeability to this former underworld figure.
Heath Franklin’s Chopper act has had a well-acclaimed Adelaide Fringe residency over the last decade. The show for 2018 is entitled ‘Bogan Jesus’ and of course features everyone’s favourite vulgar mouthed, beer-drinking, tattoo covered connotation of ‘Chopper Read’.
Politically Correct? No such thing in the world of Chopper, leave that baggage at the door before entering. The show entails a resurrected Chopper now known as ‘Bogan Jesus’, exclaiming his alternative to the Ten Commandments. Crude, dirty and down-right hilarious. Chopper throws everything but the kitchen sink at you, so be ready for the intensity. If you don’t take yourself, current affairs or Neville Bartos seriously, this is the show for you.
Heath Franklin’s Chopper is the saving grace in our world of all things ‘Politcally Correct’. Sit back with a West End in hand and let out your true blue Aussie. Quick, daring and clever, Chopper doesn’t miss a beat...or is that cut?
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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Header Photo Credit To Adelaide Fringe Website