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Published March 30th 2020
*See bottom of the article for the latest information about Sammy's postponed shows.
That's right, musical comedian Sammy J is putting the J in jongleur (and the musical scale if we're honest!) and returning to his classical roots in his show, Symphony in J Minor.
Bringing his delicious blend of socio-political musical comedy to (most capital) cities around the country (sorry Perth, Darwin and Hobart), Sammy will "sing, play, croon, belt, warble, purr, and chirpů until you kindly ask him to stop."
Still weighing in at an impressive 58 kilograms, the singing and playing word gymnast will be joined on stage by cello virtuoso Richard Vaudrey, "adding maturity and depth to the otherwise inconsequential numbers," says Sammy.
Together, they'll be performing songs from Sammy J's ARIA-nominated album, "Symphony in J Minor".
About the album, Sammy J says, "I grew up listening to musical comedy albums, and I like to think this collection of songs will be played on future road trips, school camps and family dinners for years to come."
Having broadened his audience to include toddlers and grandparents, Sammy hopes this collection of tunes will have wide appeal - smart enough for the oldies, and cheeky enough for the youngsters. "If just one child out there learns how to do the NBN Rollout or sings along to 'There'll Be Someone At My Funeral Who Doesn't Want to Be There', then the whole show will have been worth it," he says.
About Sammy J A proud nerd, Sammy J ditched his law degree to pursue a career in comedy. He's since played in Edinburgh, Montreal and London, had a sitcom on Netflix, is one half of the man/puppet comedy duo Sammy J & Randy, and appears each week on ABC TV in a variety of satirical sketches, including "Playground Politics" and "National Yoga". His debut novel, The Long Class Goodnight, is out now through Hardie Grant Publishing. He is currently the host of ABC Radio Melbourne's Breakfast show.
Presented by Laughing Stock, Sammy J will be touring Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.
*Postponed Shows Update
Sammy J recently announced the changes to his upcoming tour dates on Facebook.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has also updated its website to include a donation option.