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2010 Event Media Release - Ricketts Lane

Media Release: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Join Sammy J & Randy for a cuppa in the Sydney premiere of Ricketts Lane

“Sometimes epic, sometimes funky, sometimes just incredibly ridiculous and uproariously funny.” The Pun

“Adorable. Four stars.” The Age

Tickets on-sale Monday, September 13

From Melbourne to Edinburgh and London’s West End, Sammy J has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting and inventive comedians on the international comedy scene.

Now, it’s Sydney’s turn with the 27-year-old reuniting with puppeteer Heath McIvor to bring their latest smash hit show to the harbour city for the very first time.

Winner of the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Ricketts Lane stars Sammy J and Randy as two very different housemates with very different pasts.

Together they live in a house on Ricketts Lane, sharing the cooking, avoiding the cleaning, and passing the hours playing “Chebble” - an original combination of Chess and Scrabble.

Sammy’s an underpaid, overworked, shit-kicking tax lawyer. Randy hardly works at all. He’s been married, divorced, thrown from a hovercraft and seen the world from all angles.

But when Sammy uncovers some financial skeletons in Randy’s closet, things are going to get awkward at the breakfast table. They’re about to learn that friendship and full-scale tax fraud don’t mix.

Directed by Spicks & Specks’ Alan Brough, Ricketts Lane is a live sitcom with an HBO twist – think Tony Danza meets Tony Soprano...Basil Fawlty running the Gem Saloon in Deadwood...Betty from Hey, Dad smoking crack in the high rises of Baltimore before being felt up by Officer McNolte…you get the idea.

Sammy J and Heath McIvor’s previous collaboration, Sammy J in the Forest of Dreams, premiered in 2008 and went on to win the hearts and minds of comedy audiences around the world.

Blending musical comedy, deft puppetry and memorable characters, it was nominated for Best Show at the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, scored 5-star reviews in Edinburgh, and played sell-out seasons in London’s West End.

So come and join Sammy J and Randy for a cuppa. Drive straight past Boringville, chuck a left on Goodtime Avenue and you’ll find yourself in Ricketts Lane.

WHAT: Ricketts Lane 
WHO: Sammy J & Randy
WHEN: 11, 12, 14 & 18 – 20 November  
WHERE: The Studio
TIMES:  7.15pm (Thu 11 & 18), 7.15pm & 9.30pm Fri (No late show Fri 19), 7.30pm & 9.30pm (Sat 20) and 6pm (Sun 14)
DURATION: 60mins (no interval)
PRICE: From $35 or $25 concession.
BOOKINGS: 02 9250 7777 or 

MEDIA CONTACT: Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7596 / 0434 146 121 /


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