What would Chopper do?


IF you’re looking for a new “mo-ssiah” to follow, then Heath Franklin’s Chopper is bringing his sermon Bogan Jesus to Invercargill on Sunday.

Franklin said he was looking forward to returning to Invercargill this weekend to perform his latest comedy show, which was awarded the “piece of wood” Comic’s Choice Award at the 2018 Melbourne Comedy Festival.

The performance will be the last stop of his New Zealand tour.

“There’s been a couple of tours that have ended up that way, so it should be a good one to go out on.”

Franklin said the show had been going really well so far and New Zealand audiences had been wonderful.

“I’m incredibly happy with this show. I think it’s probably the best I’ve ever done… It’s a real belter this one.”

Starting a new religion seemed like a natural progression for the character, he said.

“Chopper’s last show was [Republic of] Anzakistan, where he decided he was going to start his own country.

“And so I thought the next logical step up from starting your own country is starting your own religion.”

Franklin was keeping his cards pretty close to his chest about what Chopper would actually preach about.

“Well basically the show is him redoing the Ten Commandments. He’s got a whole bunch of new ideas.”

The show would feature Chopper’s usual “scatter gun approach”, he said.

“He complains about a whole bunch of things from cat cafes to leaf blowers to atheists who bang on about being atheists.

“But I don’t want to give too much away. With comedy you have to keep a few things up your sleeve.”

Although religion could be quite a contentious issue, Franklin said he had been quite careful with the topic.

“It’s also one of those things where I don’t want to tread on anyone’s toes too much.

“It’s partly about making sure I’m still saying something people haven’t heard before and hasn’t been said before, and also giving religion a little bit of a tickle under the ribs as well.”

Civic Theatre, Invercargill, Sunday, June 3, 7pm. Tickets available from the Invercargill City Council booking office and TicketDirect.

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