Greg Fleet's engrossing new show dissects heroism, bravery and, of course, stupidity. His self-proclaimed "classic narrative stand-up comedy" yields great success, effectively illustrating the rhyme and reason behind an enduring popularity.
Though slow off the mark, Heroes picks up and begins to hit hard with its hilarity. That's not to suggest that Fleet works in punchlines, either - in fact, it's the journey as much of the destination that makes Fleet's routine so wonderful. Fleet's mixed bag of assured tangents account for Heroes' success, each anecdote within his broad arsenal terrifically potent. It speaks volumes when, as a punter, you'd be just as happy to have Fleet traipse down memory lane free of any comedic premise - such is his charisma, his ability to keep the audience hooked with every utterance immediately apparent.
Of course, this all stems from Fleet's personable charm. Touching upon everything from his early fascination with DC Comics' Green Arrow to tales of cringe-worthy faux pas, there's a great warmth in his performance. It helps that he's refreshingly humble and happy to admit his foibles, particularly in recalling a few infamously sticky situations. At the end of the day, its these kinds of maneuvers that build trust and work to endear a comic to their audience. Fleet knows just how to achieve what he needs to with an audience, a knack that only stems from experience.
A man of the world with plenty of highs and lows to lay bare, Fleet is without doubt a crucial asset to Australian comedy. Heroes is a hilarious venture courtesy of a captivating comic.