Sammy J and Randy - The Inheritance

Nicole Eckersley

MICF: The 2010 Barry Award winners return with more puppetry, music, good-humoured filth and adventure.
Sammy J and Randy - The Inheritance
The two-out-of-three-piece-suit-wearing Sammy J and his purple felt housemate Randy return in a new show, The Inheritance, for songs, good-humoured filth and adventure.

Having somehow managed not to see Sammy J and Randy before due to being locked in a cupboard for the last four years, I can now definitively say that they are funny and you should see them. You should possibly consider dropping everything to see them, provided whatever you’re holding isn’t breakable. Although chances are, you haven’t been locked in a cupboard for the last four years and know this already, having been clued in by the arm-long string of awards the pair have won, including the 2010 Barry Award for Ricketts Lane.

In The Inheritance, the sudden death of Randy’s uncle leads the pair to a haunted mansion in Old Blighty, filled with mysterious secret passages, terrible murders and gratuitous local references.

The Forum makes a great venue for this show, with its gloriously tacky plasterwork and stuffed pigeons, giving a nice air of comparative authenticity to Heath McIvor’s puppets. The puppets themselves are fantastic, as are the sets (particularly the shadowbox) and it is frankly stunning the amount these two manage to pull off with just two pairs of hands.

McIvor’s puppetry is excellent, as Randy and a score of extras, including (but not limited to) the Princess Diana 15th Anniversary Commemorative Oven Glove. Meanwhile, Sammy J takes to the keyboard with aplomb. (I’ll admit it took me a few songs to work out what he was doing with his hands down there.) Both Heath and Sammy are endowed with immaculate comic timing, which, combined with musical talent, makes for an extremely entertaining hour of comedy.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Sammy J and Randy: The Inheritance
Forum Theatre, Downstairs
March 29 – April 22

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
March 28 – April 22
What the stars mean?
  • Five stars: Exceptional, unforgettable, a must see
  • Four and a half stars: Excellent, definitely worth seeing
  • Four stars: Accomplished and engrossing but not the best of its kind
  • Three and a half stars: Good, clever, well made, but not brilliant
  • Three stars: Solid, enjoyable, but unremarkable or flawed
  • Two and half stars: Neither good nor bad, just adequate
  • Two stars: Not without its moments, but ultimately unsuccessful
  • One star: Awful, to be avoided
  • Zero stars: Genuinely dreadful, bad on every level

About the author

Nicole Eckersley is a Melbourne based writer, editor and reviewer.