Sammy J gets Randy at Fringe
SAM McMillan, otherwise known as comedian Sammy J, grew up loving soft toys, puppets and purple comic character The Phantom.
“I never made the connection until quite recently that it feels quite inevitable that I would end up working with a purple puppet,” McMillan said. “And when I look back at that skinny kid at school who didn’t have a lot of friends, but grew up with Disney and The Muppets, he was always going to end up singing songs with a puppet as a job.”
The puppet McMillan is referring to is Randy, whom he met at a Melbourne comedy night and instantly became a partner in immaturity with; Randy enjoying McMillan’s musical comedy shenanigans and he returning the appreciation of Randy’s salty acerbic ramblings.
“Randy can obviously do things that humans can’t do, but we tend to write together as if it were two grown men, when neither of us resembles anything near grown men,” McMillan said. “I think the relationship works because we manage to find enough people who are as immature and tasteless as we are.
“We assumed it would all finish years ago but they keep coming to our shows.”
The pair will perform An Evening with Sammy J and Randy at Fringe World next week, which McMillan described as an adult sketch show with songs, sketches and audience interaction.
“We haven’t been doing a lot publicly for the past six months because we’ve been writing and filming our television show called RickettsLane,” he said. “It will hopefully air on ABC mid-year,” he said.
“I play a terrible lawyer and Randy’s a bitter ex-husband, so it’s a classic sitcom set-up in a way.”