“Randy Writes A Novel” at the Clurman Theater is as funny as it is edgy. At times lased with profanity from the “Aussie” puppet, Randy brings great energy to this performance. Randy encourages audience participation, often asking audience members questions and sometimes putting them on the spot. The whole crux of the show is that Randy has written a novel, which he always teases the audience that he is about to read it, but never does.
Prior to the show, we listen to “punk rock ” music, this music sets the tone for the up beat, fast paced show that will have cursing and anything spewed that Randy feels like spewing. To know the “punk” culture, it bars no holes with it’s music and “I don’t give a damn attitude”. During the 85 minutes, he talks about everything from drinking, drugs, being a vegan, to Hemingway and on too Harper Lee. He talks of religion, pokes fun at being on a CVS line and his Grandparents, nothing is off limits.
Set under purple lighting, the purple puppet begins the comedy by talking about Earnest Hemingway. He sums up his entire life in 3 minutes and he is spot on about Hemingway in a very raucous way. Randy quickly moves to Harper Lee, her scummy lawyer and a perversion about her. His no holes barred routine then talks about his long airplane ride, how a person can get sloshed and wake up hung over still on the plane. He goes on to hit the airline food and the toilets on the airplane, all very funny to the point you don’t want to laugh to hard so you can hear the next line at what is coming at the audience at rapid fire speed. Randy is shucking and jiving in a four foot space and he has a lot to say in a short time frame. Randy then goes on to talk yoga, the positives, it’s trendiness and the spiritual side to it. He tells us he is Buddhist and that yoga is an intricate part of the religion. He gives us a history lesson much like he did on Hemingway, insightful, yet hilarious. He then moves on to the next history lesson about Harper Lee, how “Go Set A Watchmen” was to never have been published,”why should it” he asks, “she nailed the first one” and that he saw no reason why she should take a chance in not having a huge success like “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Randy brings up the lawyer associated with “Watchmen” and what he had to do sexually to Ms. Lee to get it published. Harper Lee by the way was 89 at the time of the books release. The funniest skit by far this evening was the scuba diver who was found in a burning forest dead. It seems the plane scooped him up when it was getting water out of the ocean. The skit was so funny that the audience could not contain itself. He closes on another funny skit about Craig’s List and how it met Morgan. It starts out to be another funny anecdote, but loses it’s luster a little at the end.
Randy has excellent facial expressions, he tells deep stories as well as humorous ones, he keeps your attention for the full 85 minutes. He moves like a jet within tight confounds, he is high energy, rapid fire quick and he leaves it all out there. “Randy Writes A Novel” is well traveled, nominated for best play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has traveled to Hong Kong, Galway to Montreal. His show has performed at the Sydney Opera House and I suspect it will play for years to come.