Tell us about your show and what inspired you to write it? SAMMY J: Our show is called “The Inheritance”. We were inspired to write it after the success of last year’s Fringe, and wanted to creatively challenge ourselves with a new theatrical comedy show. RANDY: And we need the cash. SJ: Yes, the cash was most certainly a deciding factor.
Can you describe it in 140 characters or less? R: No - which made the Fringe Guide entry really difficult. SJ: What did we end up putting? R: I think we just wrote the Neighbours theme song in Wingdings. SJ: Nice.
Why should we go to see it? SJ: That’s a question only you can answer. R: Yeah. We can’t live your life for you.
Do you have any specific goals you’d like to achieve at the Fringe this year? R: I’d like to learn the clarinet. SJ: Really? R: Yep. SJ: Dude, that’s a pretty big goal. R: I think it’s entirely achievable. SJ: Have you started having lessons? R: No. SJ: Do you have a clarinet? R: No. SJ: This won’t end well.
What is it about Edinburgh that brings you back? SJ: Excessive tax liabilities. R: Cobble soup.
What’s your favourite Fringe memory? SJ: We had a massive house party this one time and everyone got naked. R: What? SJ: Oh, that was the year you didn’t come over. R: Son of a bitch.
Who else’s show are you likely to go see in Edinburgh?
SJ: Felicity Ward.
R: Dave Thornton.
SJ: Anne Edmonds.
SJ: Hot Dub Time Machine.
R: Carnival of Crows.
SJ: What’s that?
R: It’s part of Free Fringe, definitely go and see it.
SJ: I definitely will.
What have you got planned for after the Fringe? SJ: We’re returning to Oz to start working on our own TV Series. R: It’s a reality-docu-drama in which Sammy J travels to Latvia to trace his family tree and I hire an assassin to bring him down.
Why did you choose to bring The Inheritance to Edinburgh this year instead of Bin Night? SJ: "The Inheritance" represents the pinnacle of our creative and artistic pursuits to date. R: And the set was much lighter. SJ: Damn international freight costs.
Randy: Are you working on any more solo projects outside of working with Sammy? R: I have a new line of erotic nightwear for men that I’m hoping to have in stores by Christmas.
Who is your favourite other puppet? R: My favourite puppet is Gary the Pygmy Marmoset. You wouldn’t know him but he sells out stadiums in Brazil.
Sammy: We love Keep It Clean (The Fuck Song)! Any chance you’ll be doing another late night musical performance this year? SJ: Rather than doing another solo show this year, I’ve recorded a new album of songs which will be sold during the Fringe. This enables people to get their fill of skinny man, yet allows me to eat dinner at the same time, which is a luxury I’m looking forward to.
Who is your favourite other skinny man? SJ: Mark Watson would have to be my favourite fellow rib-cager.