Randy's Postcards From Purgatory

Underbelly, Cowgate

Comedy Reviewed by Duska Radosavljevic

Randy is a self-confessed “cynical booze-hound with an attitude problem” and with a daytime job in children's entertainment. He is no stranger to drunken one-night stands, failed career prospects and all manner of generally self-destructive behaviour – summed up through a choice selection of anecdotes from his twenties and thirties, featuring stints in a rock band, a religious cult and in the TV industry. In other words, Randy is a regular bloke going through a mid-life crisis – with the exception that he is made out of foam and purple felt.

The Australian entertainer Heath McIvor imbues his creation with such an irresistible personality, wit and charm that his comedy show suffers from no lack of audience participation. Gardening fans need no coaxing to chip in on cue in this show, while otherwise bashful ladies hasten to share recipes involving marjoram.

In addition to one of the finest characterisations on the fringe, numerous costume changes and a slick script make this show a real joy to watch. And to top it all, the notion of off the cuff wit will acquire a whole new meaning as you watch Randy hypnotise objects into their place or deal with unexpected accidents.

Eat your heart out, Jim Henson, Randy's here to stay, well past retirement age.

Published online
Review by
Duska Radosavljevic
Produced by
Heath McIvor
Running time
1 hour
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