FRINGE PREVIEW – Randy is Sober

Randy is Sober

Randy is Sober

If you’re looking for something a little bit different from the usual ‘one person and a microphone’ stand-up fare this August – how about ‘one felt-faced puppet and a microphone’ instead?

Randy, the creation of cult puppeteer Heath McIvor, is back at the Fringe this year after the sell-out successes of Randy’s Postcards From Purgatory and his collaboration with fellow (human) comic Sammy J in the hit Sammy J in the Forest Of Dreams.

Yes, Randy is back – and this time he’s Sober. The former alcoholic children’s entertainer is on the wagon; and not very happy about it.

He gave us a few moments of his disgruntled time to tell us a little bit more.

Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?

My show is called Sober and it’s on at 9:10pm in The Dairy Room at Bristo Square. It’s an entertaining meander through the misanthropic discoveries of my new-found sobriety. People should come and see it because it’s much funnier than it sounds.

What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?

Clearing customs. Last year I was sent home before the festival started for failing to declare a small quantity of Rabbit Jerky that I had purchased in Abu Dhabi.

What’s been your favourite / funniest Edinburgh Fringe experience so far?

In 2008 I saw a drunk mime artist fall from the George IV Bridge and miraculously land in the back of a passing truck filled with rubber chickens and clown noses! He was killed on impact.

If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?

If money was no object I wouldn’t be doing a show. I’d be in Abu Dhabi eating Rabbit Jerky from the cleavage of Zooey Deschanel.

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

My old pal Sammy J is doing a show called “Potentially” and I’m planning to see that because if I don’t he’ll hurt me in the eye again. He and I are also doing a show together called “Ricketts Lane” and I’m hoping to have an out of body experience one night and watch it from the audience.

What do you have planned for after the Fringe?

I’ll be going back to my day job as a door snake.

Sum up your show in three words for us:

Every child’s dream.

You can catch Randy at the Udderbelly from Aug 3-29 – more details are available on the Fringe website. Probably best not to buy him a drink after the show.

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