Sammy J gets Randy at Fringe

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Comedy - Tanya MacNaughton

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.”

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