Let The Battle Begin – Nik Coppin

And so it begins. The show to end all shows. Or at least to end the age-old debate about who is the best superhero.

For far too long I’ve had to listen to fools tell me that Wolverine would beat Spider-Man in a fight. Absolute nonsense. With his far superior strength and speed, as well as a Spider Sense and long range weapons, Spider-Man would dispatch of the short angry hairy one in no time at all, if the truth be told. That’s be a pretty boring comic book though to be honest.

But alas, ‘Battle of the Superheroes – The Great Superhero Debate’ isn’t all just about the powers of any given superhero, no, no, no. If that were the case, the coveted title would be contested by just a few. The likes of Superman and the Silver Surfer would always be in the final. And ther Silver Surfer would win, obviously. Marvel, innit? And he has cosmic powers to make anyone wet their pants. And he cares for the environment. Awww, so sweet.

But that is what we are getting at. The very essence of the show in many ways. We want to look at all aspects of any given superhero. The powers will obviously play a part, but more important is the character themselves. What do they stand for? Are they fun? What do they have to deal with in everyday life? How cool are they? How brave are they? What do they do for their families? Do they like puppies. And so on. Points will also be won for presentation and passion.

The show will be contested by a number of comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe in the Mata Hari space at the Espionage venue. It consist of four heats taking place on the 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th, followed by two semi finals on the 18th and 19th and culminating in a grand super final on 24th August and will be a mixture of stand-up comedy, interactive Q&A with the audience and some arguing between comedians. But most important, it will be loads of fun. As well as deadly serious! A bit like The Joker. Only he can’t enter, because he’s a villain. Terrible career choice move. No spot for you, laughing boy!

What more could you want from a show? Stand-up comedy, interaction and mass debating. Because let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to see a load of comedians mass debating live on stage?


Battle of the Super Heroes Edinburgh Fringe 2014


Battle of the Superheroes – The Great Superhero Debate will take place at the Espionage venue, in the Mata Hari space on August 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 and 24.

The show starts at 5pm and runs for 60 minutes.

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