Penis pupeteers stretch talent
THE world’s most famous, and strangest puppeteers are heading to the Star Court Theatre, Lismore, with their international smash hit show.
Puppetry of the Penis has sold over a million tickets to audiences of all ages. The dynamic duo have performed in front of hoards of celebrities including Elton John, Bono, Posh and Becks, Jackie and Joan Collins, Jessica Simpson, Hugh Grant, Naomi Campbell and John Travolta to name a few. They have done thousands of radio and TV interviews across the planet, including gaining the highest ratings for the year when they performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the UK’s “Big Breakfast”. The only complaints received seem to be that the lads didn’t take their clothes off.
Puppetry of the Penis was initially conceived by Simon Morley as the title of a highbrow art calendar, showcasing 12 of his favourite penis installations (known as "Dick Tricks" to the uninformed layperson).
It was on New Year’s Eve in 1997, with a garage full of calendars to sell and burgeoning requests for live demonstrations, when Simon finally decided to unleash his talent on the world. His natural choice of performance partner was David ‘Friendy’ Friend, whose reputation as the life of any party was quickly growing.
Their debut at the 1998 Melbourne International Comedy Festival was a huge hit, kicking off an eight-month tour of Australia. The national tour covered 20,000 kilometres and was captured in the documentary Tackle Happy.
The show has had extensive runs on Broadway and in the prestigious West End in London and there are now several ‘Puppetry’ troupes touring on three continents amazing and delighting audiences with their comedy and sheer brilliance...and unlike most modern live comedy, there’s no swearing or innuendo in the show either – just two guys being really silly with their willys.