A bite-sized children's show for a very adult audience.

Sammy J's Playground Politics - Netflix

Type: Variety

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2016-07-01

Sammy J's Playground Politics - Sammy J - Netflix

Sam McMillan (born 2 July 1983) is an Australian musical comedian, satirist, and writer who performs under the stage name Sammy J. He embraces a variety of media in his comedy, including the use of video and self-composed music, and frequently collaborates with Randy the purple puppet. He has released several CDs and DVD compilations of his comic songs, such as the album Skinny Man, Modern World which was nominated for Best Comedy Release at the 2012 ARIA Awards. He has performed at comedy festivals in Australia, Edinburgh and Montreal, and has appeared on various Australian television shows, including Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane, a sitcom based on the duo's touring show of the same name.

Sammy J's Playground Politics - Collaboration - Netflix

In 2008, McMillan collaborated with puppeteer Heath McIvor on a musical, Sammy J in the Forest of Dreams. The show, which starred McMillan and 14 foul-mouthed puppets operated by McIvor, was an adult fairy tale parodying the format of Disney children's movies. Forest of Dreams was well received by critics in Melbourne, earning a nomination for the festival's Barry Award for the most outstanding show and winning The Age Critics Award for the best local act. Following a successful Edinburgh season, the show toured the UK and played at the Leicester Square Theatre in London. In 2010 he began working with Randy the purple puppet to create Ricketts Lane, which won the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It then played at the Sydney Opera House. The two debuted the sequel, Bin Night, in 2011 at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival where they performed the song “Secrets”, and later that year became regular cast members on the sketch comedy show Good News World, earning a national television following through their weekly songs and sketches. In 2012 the duo debuted The Inheritance, which played in most Australian capital cities and received five star reviews in Edinburgh. On November 3, McMillan and Randy filmed their very last performance of The Inheritance at the Brisbane Powerhouse for a future DVD release. The same year, Sammy J and Randy hosted the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, creating an original opening musical sequence in which they set about kidnapping the “real” host, Adam Hills. In November that year, they were commissioned by radio station Triple J to create a musical tribute to Australian music. The duo also appeared on the final episode of ABC's Q&A singing a song about the year in politics, and finished the year performing at the Falls Festival in Marion Bay, Tasmania. In 2013, McMillan and Randy decided to perform their own solo shows (Sammy J: Potentially & Randy Is Sober) at the Adelaide Fringe & Melbourne/Sydney Comedy Festivals. Halfway through 2013, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation launched a political sketch comedy show called Wednesday Night Fever, with McMillan as the show's host, which resulted in him not making his annual trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In December 2013, McMillan & Randy debuted Sammy J & Randy's Difficult First Album which is a live recording of one of their Brisbane performances of Sammy J & Randy: The Arena Spectacular. In September 2015, Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane, a sitcom based on their touring show of the same name, was released on ABC iview. It was broadcast on ABC TV in October.

Sammy J's Playground Politics - References - Netflix