Sammy J and Randy in Ricketts LaneLong before Avenue Q hit our shores, Sammy J was already showing us puppets weren’t all cute and innocent. Back with a new show, Sammy J and Randy in Ricketts Lane, Sammy J again shows us the hilarious and often crude side puppets.

Sammy J is a tax lawyer who has never been promoted, has no prospects of promotion, and will probably just be fired. That is, until he finds the case which, if he wins, will save his career: Theophanous McGinskey has cheated the taxation department out of millions of dollars, and Sammy J is going to put him behind bars. Unfortunately, it was Sammy J’s puppet housemate Randy (Heath McIvor) who wrote the dodgy tax receipts for McGinskey. When McGinskey flees to Papua New Guinea, Randy goes from being a small fish, to being the only fish, and Sammy J becomes his prosecutor.

Directed by Alan Brough, the plot becomes merely a framework to pepper the show with hilarious gags (including Barack Obama’s audio cookbook,) and brilliant songs between Sammy J and Randy, all done to great effect.

Sammy J and McIvor work well on the small stage and simple set at the Umbrella Revolution, and sound levels are generally good when too much ambient noise from the Garden of Unearthly Delights isn’t sneaking through the tent walls. However a minor quibble, it would be great to see what the pair and Brough would do given a bigger space and without noise competition.

Much like Sammy J and The Forest of Dreams, Sammy J and Randy in Ricketts Lane is sure to take the world on by a storm. A great Fringe night out.

Laughing Stock presents
Sammy J and Randy in Ricketts Lane

Venue: The Umbrella Revolution
Dates/Times: 1 - 13 Mar (excl. 8 Mar) at 7.30pm
Tickets: $25 (Conc, Tue, Group & Preview 1- 3 Mar $20)
Bookings: FringeTix 1300 FRINGE (1300 374 643) |

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