Fringe Factions: The Australians
Sammy J and Randy, one part comedic singer and one part potty-mouthed puppet, are set to conquer the Fringe yet again with their new musical, The Inheritance. What do they think of Scottish audiences?
"Well," says Randy, "I thought Australians and the Scots had piss-taking in common but last year the Customs officer at Edinburgh airport was most unhappy with my attempt to take the piss."
"How much were you carrying again?" asks Sammy J.
"About 6 litres."
"That's a lot of piss."
"Took me all Festival to collect it."
"That was a quiet plane trip home."
"I was devastated."
Sammy J and Randy will be tasked with bringing some sunshine to the Fringe; fellow Aussie comic John Robertson will be bringing something darker.
Robertson is best known for his wonderfully curious and surreal material but he certainly wrong-foots me with a confession about his ultimate guilty pleasure: "I have a secret collection of death threats I've gathered over the years and every once in a while I genuinely like to look at them."
"They range from the guy who told me 'you suck, cancer isn't funny' and then tried to throw me through a window to really poorly worded and misspelled threats on The Dark Room loosely following a theme of 'I'm going to get out here and find you and then kill you, you little bitch'," he blithely adds
John will be purveying his brand of 'aggressive whimsy' with two shows at the Fringe, The Dark Room based on his innovative YouTube game and The Old Whore that's about sleeping with the Queen.