A chance to go potty all over the world
IT seems you can’t keep a good man down, so our mate Kenny Smyth ( Shane Jacobson) is not just back on his feet after the smash hit film Kenny, he’s on a world tour to figure out the global manifestations of what he does best: toilets.
Yes, Kenny fixes toots in boiler suits, but Jacobson, due to appear without Kenny and his endearing speech impairment in a touring production of Guys and Dolls from next March, is a clever cookie.
He’s not going to let a little detail such as his production company being called Thunderbox Television mean we’re in for endless poo and pee jokes from Kenny. There’s the travel component, for a start. Tonight the big man is in China. ‘‘ China,’’ he exhales exultantly, ‘‘ land of pandas, Confucius, kung fu and the name that’s stamped on the bum of just about everything ever made.’’
I’m sure Jacobson only put Confucius in there so Kenny could macerate the word, which he does with relish.
Kenny’s on tour with his girl, Jackie. Jackie doesn’t get to say a lot, but there’s no sense of her being stifled. As the two approach a giant Buddha in Shanghai, she says: ‘‘ If you toss a coin and it lands in the Buddha’s hand, you’ll be blessed with great luck for the rest of your life.’’
Of course, Jackie is a device to keep Kenny out of the poo for a few minutes at a time.
But it’s his voice- overs about her that make you want to give him a cuddle. ‘‘ With only eight hours up our sleeves until she bungs on her flight attendant’s uniform and hits the skies, I was takin’ advantage of every second,’’ he tells us.
Jackie is jubilant when his coin lands in the right place. ‘‘ All your wishes come true!’’ she yelps.
‘‘ Little did she know they already had,’’ he says.
Yes, it’s his romantic side that draws us to Kenny every time. Like the characters in Kath & Kim, Kenny is someone we know, or perhaps secretly feel that we are, but without the sarcastic edge.
Kenny flirts with being the ugly Australian abroad. He’s loud and proud, dresses in green and gold ( well, khaki and gold), and has a handy poo joke for every situation.
But he’s deliciously open to being gobsmacked by foreign wonders and keen as his mustard pants to share it all with us.
Kenny’s outlook is heartwarmingly optimistic: you know he’d see the worst in you and overlook it, while pointing out the finer points of a Chinese dunny.
But for all the big man’s front, he gets a lot of back- up from his brother, director Clayton Jacobson. Yes, Kenny’s World is a two- hander. Just watch where the talented duo put their bums down next.
They’re in it together: Shane Jacobson, foreground, and Clayton Jacobson