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Sammy J and Randy in Ricketts Lane

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Laughing Stock Productions Presents

Sammy J and Randy in Ricketts Lane

2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2008 Adelaide Fringe

2009 New Zealand Comedy Festival

Oh my gosh! It's the brand new show from the award-winning creators of the international smash-hit, Sammy J in the Forest of Dreams!

Meet Sammy J (skinny man) and Randy (purple puppet), two very different housemates with very different pasts. Together they live in a house on Ricketts Lane, sharing the cooking, avoiding the cleaning, and passing the hours playing "Chebble" - an original combination of Chess and Scrabble.

Sammy's an underpaid, overworked, shit-kicking tax lawyer. Randy hardly works at all. He's been married, divorced, thrown from a hovercraft and seen the world from all angles. But when Sammy uncovers some financial skeletons in Randy's closet, things are going to get awkward at the breakfast table.

Directed by Alan Brough, Ricketts Lane is a live sit-com with an HBO twist - think Tony Danza meets Tony Soprano..Basil Fawlty running the Gem Saloon in Deadwood...Betty from Hey, Dad smoking crack in the high rises of Baltimore before being felt up by Officer McNolte…you get the idea.

Sammy J and puppeteer Heath McIvor's previous collaboration, Sammy J in the Forest of Dreams, premiered in 2008, and went on to win the hearts and minds of comedy audiences around the world, including a season in Wellington at the 2009 NZ Comedy Festival. It was nominated for numerous awards, scored 5-star reviews in Edinburgh, and played sell-out seasons in London's West End.

In 2010, the boys are coming back to Wellington, and making their Auckland debut. So come and join Sammy J and Randy for a cuppa. Drive straight past Boringville, chuck a left on Goodtime Avenue, and you’ll find yourself in Ricketts Lane.

To coincide with the premiere of their new show, Sammy J and Heath McIvor will be releasing their live DVD of Sammy J in The Forest of Dreams, in stores from May, and available for review.

“Filthy, frenetic, and gloriously funny” –

“Sammy J and Heath McIvor are fiendishly talented writers and performers” - The Scotsman

VENUE: The Basement
DATES: 8 30 pm, May 11-15
TICKETS: $24-28.50
Book now 0800 TICKETEK

VENUE: Downstage Theatre
DATES: 8 pm, May 5-8
TICKETS: $24-28.50
Book now at 04 801 6946
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