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Puppetry’s Hell’s Angel rips Disney a new one

Part of becoming an adult, sadly, is realising that life is not going to turn out as you planned, and that a Disney-style happy ending is something that eludes all but a few of us. Not only has Melbourne-based comedian Sammy J realised this, he’s only gone and turned it into an ambitious, offbeat, adult musical with the help of puppeteer Heath McIvor. Like The Muppets performing a Sarah Silverman script, subtle it ain’t, and the jokes are rude, crude and keep the laughs coming hard and fast (oo-er!). Combined with the use of other impressive visual jiggery pokery, it beats the one-man-with-a-mic set-up hands down for showmanship.

Sammy J seemingly has the voice of an angel and the mind of a Hell’s Angel, but his journey into the magical Forest of Dreams is surprisingly touching as he struggles to find his feet. It also gives ample opportunity to mine pure comedy gold from sporadic improvisation, which gets the biggest chuckles of all from the audience.