RANDY HAS HAND IN PUP­PET FUN

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Co­me­dian Sammy J and pot­ty­mouthed pup­pet Randy are a pub­li­cist’s night­mare.

But don’t be fooled by the self-deprecating duo who claim their new ABC com­edy, Sammy J and Randy in Rick­etts Lane, was shot on an iPhone and shouldn’t be watched “by any­one”.

Hav­ing toured the com­edy cir­cuit for years, this is the first foray into tele­vi­sion for Sammy (Sam McMil­lan), and Randy (Heath McIvor), who says the se­cret to their suc­cess is “we’ve sur­rounded our­selves with peo­ple who can ac­tu­ally act”.

“That’s what you do when you want to make a TV show but have no idea how to do it,” he says. “The fact that they let us do it at all is ridicu­lous.

Sammy agrees. “Oh, it’ll be sub­ject to par­lia­men­tary in­quiry. I’d be shocked if the ABC com­mis­sions another com­edy for years af­ter the stench of this one. Peo­ple will be turn­ing off within three min­utes.”

In their new sit­com, Sammy is “a very bad lawyer”, while his shifty house­mate Randy spends his days schem­ing to win back his ex-wife, cur­rent af­fairs host Vic­to­ria Vin­cent, on whom he cheated “quite a bit”.

And if you do tune in, well, you’ve been warned, says Sammy. “You knew the risks. That should be the promo.”

SAMMY J AND RANDY IN RICK­ETTS LANE, ABC, 9.30PM

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