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Randy Writes a Novel

From 142 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Hilarious

About the show

Randy, Australia’s most celebrated puppet comedian, teams up with a typewriter for an hour of spoken word and gratuitous arm movements. More…

Randy has played everywhere from Edinburgh to Hong Kong, Galway to Singapore to Sydney, and anywhere in between. Next stop — New York City, Here he will read excerpts from his unpublished novel whilst getting distracted by his own hate filled ramblings.

Member Reviews (142)


Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Hilarious
Avg Score

Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Engaging, Profanity

See it if you want to let your hair down (Randy does...and he's bald). This is one brilliant, expressive puppet. You'll laugh, you'll think.

Don't see it if you want a real show; this is stand-up. Audience participation is weakest part, but it wasn't horribly intrusive. Good escapism.

Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Not funny

See it if Based on other reviews, maybe we caught an off show. But this was brutally bad. Jokes failed. Most of the audience left after 30 min.

Don't see it if You are at a matinee or have a half full crowd. It’s a night show requiring a few drinks. This is my worst reviewed show.

Also He used either puppet wacky humor or shock cursing for the laughs. He ... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Refreshing

See it if you want to see an oddly likable stand-up puppet work the crowd & make you laugh about Hoarders, Hemingway, Harper Lee & the human condition

Don't see it if you expect an actual play; you shock easily at off-color language. [The appropriately named "Randy" may be purple, but he's also quite blue]

Banal, Indulgent, Slow, Repetitious, Funny

See it if you think you would like standup done by a puppet.

Don't see it if you expect a play. This is a mix of comic monologs and improv. Like a late night TV program.

Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Clever

See it if You love long-form stand-up comedy — and puppets!

Don't see it if You think this is a play or dislike stand-up comedy. If you won’t participate like you’re in a comedy club, it’s not worth going.

Surprise! it's hilarious and profound.

See it if Want to see a comedic riff from masterful writer/performer w keen eye 4 human foibles, skill 4 improv, & is good at reading the room.

Don't see it if You don't like puppetry, Eric Bogosian-like philosophical musing w laughs, audience interaction, talk of veganism, art w profanity.

Also I wasn't sure if I wanted to see this until I watched a few Randy vide... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You need a good laugh!

Don't see it if You don’t like a raunchy puppet performance.

Novel !, Almost existential, Fascinating storytelling, Informational, Vastly entertaining

See it if active participation in give & take with storytelling performance artist in puppet form would involve U & more U bring 2 it more U take away

Don't see it if expect show 2 please U without your own input, not expecting hybrid standup/puppet/theatre/discourse thing, offended by constant obscentiy

Funny, Hilarious, Semi-scripted improv, Saucy mouthed puppet

See it if You are in the mood for a comedy show hosted by an Australian puppet. A lively audience makes for a better show.

Don't see it if You want a more formal, structured performance. You don't want to take a chance on something that could be very funny or not.

Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful, Quirky

See it if you enjoy comedy shows. This is basically a structured stand up show with a lot of improv and audience participation. Funny and entertaining

Don't see it if you want to see an actual play or assumed puppet meant family friendly. This is not a show for your kids.

Also If you like to participate and get roasted by the puppet then you shou... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You like stream of conscious one man shows cleverly incorporating audience input and social values

Don't see it if The above does not appeal. Minimal stage, minimal puppet, minimal movement. Cerebral Randy.

Funny, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You like conedy shows and muppets. You do not need a strong narrative.

Don't see it if You do not like one-muppet shows. You need a developed storyline or you are not into particioatory plays.

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Unique

See it if you want to see something very different. Randy is purple puppet comedian. He made me laugh and I had fun.

Don't see it if you need your theater experiences to be meaningful. No moral or social consciousness raising in this one.

Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Clever, Interesting puppetry

See it if You want to see a puppet comedian with a lot to say. You want to laugh. You want to hear some things that will make you think.

Don't see it if You don't like stand up with a puppet. You don't want to laugh. You don't have an open mind and are not ready for something different

Also I am not going to say that my stomach was hurting from laughing but I ... Read more Read less

Clever, Creative, Pretentious, Talky, Barely funny

See it if you like clever unique puppetry, philosophizing, storytelling, audience interaction and some funny moments.

Don't see it if you favor serious unpretentious philosophizing, shaggy dog stories that are not mundane and consistently funny comedy.

Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you liked Avenue Q. A tell-it-like-it-is character. Show has a standup show feel. Audience participation is encouraged :)

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional theatre experience. Skip if you don't like the 4th wall being broken. It drags a bit in the middle.

Entertaining, Gets uncomfortably preachy, Masterful wit / very clever, Extremely high energy @ first, Intelligent / edgy

See it if you enjoy Dame Edna's repartee w/audience. This is a purple puppet raunchy Dame Edna, with intelligent wit & Sesame Street's Grover energy.

Don't see it if you're not into stand-up comedy. Show scores when he's clever, witty, working off the crowd. Slows down midway, to an almost preachy halt.

Also It got unnecessarily uncomfortable.... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Raunchy, Slow

See it if You enjoy shows heavy on audience participation, stand up style, puppets, Australian accents

Don't see it if Must have seen it on a bad day. Randy could not connect with the audience and didn’t change tactics. Many left after 45 mins. Uncomfortable

Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Resonant

See it if A purple puppet living through an existential crisis in search of its legacy.

Don't see it if A purple puppet living through an existential crisis in search of its legacy.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if Original humor appeals to you

Don't see it if You hate puppets

Funny, Surprising, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for fun evening. Was surprised by the intelligence of some of the humor. You must be willing to play along with Randy!

Don't see it if you want a play. It's basically stand-up with a puppet. The quality of your evenings performance is based on the crowds participation.

Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if Want to see something different, relevant, honest, funny and edgy. Interactive show that pulls in audience and makes you think.

Don't see it if Don't like comedy, one man/puppet show, don't like jokes about politics, religion or subjects that matter that are controversial.

Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if If you want to see a puppet comment on society and involve the crowd. He has some points that are relevant today and a good message.

Don't see it if You prefer a play where the plot actually happens. You do not like puppet shows.


See it if You like stand up comedy and puppetry Clever and well done but not extraordinary

Don't see it if You want edgy challenging work this is minimal set and drama

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you like interaction with the performer and enjoy puppets.

Don't see it if you want intelligent, funny dialogue.

Also Some people in the audience laughed out loud. There were some smiles t... Read more Read less

April 24th, 2018
"Randy is facilitated by puppeteer Heath McIvor (though the latter is never visible onstage). That bolsters the illusion of Randy's autonomy as he banters with the audience and rants...It's easy to see why the show has been a hit on the Fringe circuit, but this sit-down comedy routine doesn't qui...
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May 6th, 2018
"A very entertaining way to spend time with a bald purple puppet who has seen the world, muses on all manner of subjects, and has a good grasp of profanity...The set, along with the pleasantly edgy rock music, confronts us when we enter. Randy does tell us that this is not a show that you have to...
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May 1st, 2018
"While ostensibly a comedy show, it turns out 'Randy Writes A Novel' is actually about the existential dilemma of figuring out what your legacy will be after you die...The creator of Randy does a great job of blurring the line between man and puppet. The audience never sees the puppeteer, presuma...
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April 24th, 2018
“Randy…remarks self-deprecatingly about our having come to see a comedy show but getting a TED talk instead. Which might not be so bad if that TED talk were more enlightening than this play is funny. There are laughs…some of them loud, but not as many as the show's context would seem to demand…Wh...
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