Zoe Coombs Marr @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide 6/3/2020

Zoe Coombs Marr is a straight shooting, cursing queen of comedy. Her social commentary is expressed in unconventional ways and keeps the audience guessing throughout her whole stand-up hour. As she thanks us all for ‘coming out’ to her show, she stirs up, high-fives and asks questions to random audience members.

Recently hosting the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and an advocate for LGBT recognition, Zoe bases her show on growing up as a lesbian in her hometown of Grafton, NSW. Her friendly stage presence and inclusive vibes make the audience feel like they are just in a tent having a casual and hilarious conversation with Zoe.  

In her striped green and white pants, Zoe shows us her quirky and musical side as she sings and recites theatrical performances, while reminiscing on various childhood memories and explains the growing pains of her pre-pubescent years. Zoe regularly references 1990’s/ 2000’s pop culture and her impressions of what people look like when they sing The Flaming Lips’ Do You Realize??, is charismatic, animated and entertaining. She is endearing and allows the audience to feel like they know her. Relevant and contemporary political and societal issues like the environment and global health pandemics are all addressed, making Zoe even more relatable and engaging.

Zoe intelligently addresses sexism and flips the stereotypes of many different groups, including reminding straight people to stop assimilating LGBT culture and language like ‘Yassss Queeeeen!’, into theirs. Her talent for quick improvisation, working with her audience and surroundings and her penchant for witty wordplay make her stand out as a comedienne. Zoe swears like a sailor, has the sweetest disposition and her easy-going demeanour makes for a satisfying and enjoyable night out.

Fringe Review By Zara Zampaglione

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