Randy’s Postcards from Purgatory
Randy has a drinking problem, and has hit rock bottom in his career as a child entertainer. His relationship is dangling by a thread and he’s got a hangover. Randy is also a puppet.
Yes, puppets have come a long way since Bill and Ben the flower pot men. As Randy demonstrates, the modern puppet is as likely to smoke pot as to live in one. McLvor, with his hand up Randy’s backside for the duration, far from leaving the audience dangling with a puppet more foam than substance, has created a character with a human depth and world weary cynicism. It is slightly disconcerting watching a puppet talk about such real subjects as drink, love and money. At least Kermit the Frog had a more innocent no strings attached approach to comedy.
Obviously a large chunk of the humour lays in the fact Randy is a puppet, although McLvor has constructed a witty and intelligent script. Needless to say, he is also a master puppeteer and has honed the subtle art to give maximum enjoyment to the audience.
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