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Interview with Sammy J & Randy: Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015

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Sammy J & Randy take sarcasm to a bizarre level
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Hey there Sammy and Randy! Are you and Randy excited about performing at the Comedy Festival?

SJ: To be honest we're more excited about our current campaign to re-open Wobbies World to the public.
R: Yeah, the Comedy Festival season is just a fundraising campaign to bring back Wobbie.

Randy: Do you think your name has any relation to your personality?

R: A purple faced chump by any other name would smell just as sweet.

SJ: Yes. Like a combination of pipe tobacco and rotting figs.

R: You love it.

Randy, Do you get jealous that you don't have your own extensive wikipedia page like Sammy does?

R: I let Linkedin do all the heavy lifting.
SJ: He has a certificate four in Event Management

Tell us about 'An Evening With Sammy J & Randy', what will it be about?

[ADVERT]SJ: It's about raising the funds that the Wobbies World board of directors so desperately need to bring slow-moving helicopter monorail rides back to the good people of Vermont South.
R: By 2017 no Australian child will be living without access to a substandard mini-golf course and a reasonably priced kiosk.

How long did you spend writing the 2015 'An Evening With Sammy J & Randy'?

SJ: We wrote half the show on a flight from Melbourne to Canberra.
R: And the other half while paddle-boating on Lake Burley Griffin.
SJ: So all up, it took us one hour and forty-seven minutes.

How do you both gear up before you get on stage? Do you drink coffee or just juice?

SJ: I don't drink Just Juice anymore since they filed that law suit against me.
R: I mainline Kava.

What were the best and worst reactions to one of your stage shows?

SJ: I once had a man come onto the stage and try to insert my piano into me.

And the worst?

SJ: An elderly lady sneezed in a show once just before a punchline and I began weeping uncontrollably.
R: That was my nan.

Is the crowd reaction to your show different in Australia, compared to in Edinburgh or Montreal, how?

R: I'll take this one if I may Sammy?
SJ: Sure, I'm not using it.
R: Thanks man, this'll look great on my mantlepiece.
SJ: Totally, Troll Dolls are a collectors item these days.
R: Yes indeedy.
SJ: Sorry, what was the question?

What is your favourite city in Australia to perform in and why?

SJ: Albury.
R: Wodonga.
BOTH: For obvious reasons...

What key experiences or people in your life have helped shaped your sense of humour?

SJ: I was bitten by a ferret when I was six.
R: That was my nan.

How did you feel when you won the the 2010 Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for 2010 'Ricketts Lane' ? Did you receive a trophy?

R: We didn't get a trophy unfortunately.
SJ: Yes we did.
R: Really? I've never seen it.
SJ: Yeah, we got a trophy and twenty grand in cash.
R: You bastard.
SJ Snooze you loose mate.

How long did your TV series, 'Rickets Lane' take to write?

SJ: Nine years.
R: We took a year off in the middle for callisthenics training.

Do you enjoy being a famous comedian? What are some of the perks?

SJ: I get a 12% discount on my orthortic shoe inserts.
R: He gives them to me when he's finished with them and I use them as bath toys.

One more before you both leave. Sammy J is currently an ambassador for the youth mentoring organisation, Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia.

Randy What would you like to be an ambassador for?


R: The Republic of Yemen.
SJ: Can I be your Minister for Fisheries?
R: Yes. Yes, you can.
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