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February 27, 2021

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Randy Live

Brunswick Picture House  |  Friday & Saturday  |  7pm  |  $30/35

He’s Randy. The country’s premier non-human stand up comedian. And he’s coming to Brunswick Picture House

I never thought I would become a comedian. I wasn’t, until 2004 – I did it as a dare at a pub at an open mic and I’ve kept doing it – it’s the thing that gets me out of bed.

So what do we really know about Randy… what would his Tinder profile be?

Tea drinking, book reading, fresh air enthusiast who firmly believes that online dating is a perversion of genuine human connection and reinforces all of the self indulgent self obsession that comes from online communication…

I’m also not overly impressed by Scott Morrison aka Mr Embarrassment. I am not a Twitter sound bit guy. I wouldn’t want to spend any time with ScoMo. I don’t feel that I would be enriched by that guy. I felt like I might with Julia though. Could have had a laugh with her, since then its been a parade of stodgy white men.

And Randy’s got big goggle eyes, apparently a thyroid condition, but that doesn’t stop him reading. 

My Fave book at the moment is Too Big to Walk – it’s the new science of dinosaurs, by Brian J Ford. He’s an amazing biologist, he’s a fellow of Cambridge, and he’s a researcher who’s published shit loads of stuff. The book is about how dinosaurs were aquatic, and NOWeverything they tell us about dinosaurs is fundamentalist irrational protection of the concept of terrestrial dinosaurs so they still get their funding. Dinosaurs were aquatic. I am fascinated by that. I read a lot of books.

Randy is smart. But he’s got a certain edge. 

I listen to a lot of rock n roll and metal, I like heavy riffs, before the show I rock out to some Clutch, and I really like anything by Jess Cornelius – her new track is really great, anything Australian, I listen to lots of women, female singer songwriters… Julia Jacklyn is one of my go-to artists.

Randy gets away with a lot on stage. Somehow people drop their guard a little–it’s fun to be hassled by a puppet, but he can still offend!

I have a very neutral face, people will project expressions onto my face. There is something about the neutrality of me which means they don’t judge me as I appear, if my material isn’t funny the novelty wears off immediately!

So what is going to happen for the Brunswick Heads show? Randy is one half of Sammy J and Randy, but this is a chance to get up in the purple fella’s grill. 

For a show like the one at Brunswick Heads, I am getting in the zone now, 2 weeks ahead, it’s an hour show, and there’s a lot I want to say. I am using bits of existing material and writing new links, its going to be awesome – I can’t fucking wait!

The show is Friday and Saturday at the Brunswick Picture House at 7pm. Tix are $30/35 at brunswickpicturehouse.com


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