Randy Feltface: Alien of Extraordinary Ability

4 stars
Randy Feltface, a purple puppet with googly eyes, wearing a silver raincoat
Randy Feltface: Alien of Extraordinary Ability

Words by Ross Stark

It’s been a while since I last saw Randy. He was like nothing I’d seen before and he’s like nothing I’ve seen since. I’m glad to say he’s back and is bigger and better than ever. There’s an epic opening song that shows his evolutionary progression. It’s so funny and impressive. When Randy, in his final form, eventually takes to the stage, he’s greeted with loud cheers and applause. It’s a brilliant opening and it sets us up for what is such an impressive hour!

The writing is so detailed; you can tell there’s so much work put into each topic. The gags are as good as you’ll hear and the delivery is ridiculous. Yes, I am aware that he’s a puppet, but this puppet delivers each line like a comedy legend. I don’t know how, but his body language and facial expressions are never anything less than perfect. He even manages to look disapprovingly in the direction of someone leaving for a toilet break, and then interacts with someone sitting in the front row. It’s actually mind blowing; how can one person be this talented? I’m in awe of puppeteer Heath McIvor and his purple felt-faced creation.

The main theme is that Randy is a dying species (he’s the last one of his kind); however, there’s really a wide range of topics within this show. There are lots of observations from Randy including many serious points. The focus varies from popular topics such as climate change, to the obscure (like the 2018 Liam Neeson “classic” film The Commuter).

The show ends as strongly as it started; it’s hilarious and will have you laughing all the way to the door. No spoilers though – you’ll need to see it for yourself.

Click here to buy tickets for Randy Feltface: Alien of Extraordinary Ability

9.15pm | Assembly George Square (Studio 2) | until 28 August

EXTRA SHOW 10.45pm | Same venue | 27 August


Published by Punchline

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