All hands on dick

These lads, Simon Morley (left) and David Friend, can make your eyes water with their penile origami. (And you can try this at home...)

Its amazing what you can come up with when you have a bit of time on your hands.

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. Then in 1997 with a garage full of calendars to sell and growing requests for live demonstrations, Simon finally decided to unleash his talent on the world. His natural choice of performance partner was David Friend because, well, he was a friend...

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. Subsequent national tours, sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a five-month run in Londons East End and a full year season at the John Houseman Theatre in New York have made Puppetry of the Penis a world-wide audience favourite.

The Puppetry lads are back in this wide, penis-crazed land with another eye-watering version of their infamous penis-pinching and testicle-tapping extravaganza.

This is a weird show...

Puppetry of the Penis will be held (with both hands) at Ballina RSL Club on Friday, October 27 at 7pm ($30, bookings 6686 2544); at Lismore City Hall on Saturday, October 28 at 7pm ($34.90/29.90, bookings 6621 5600); and at the Great Northern Hotel in Byron on Thursday, November 2 ($31, bookings www.byronbayentertainment.com).

Freebie: The Echo has two double passes to give way to each of the venues. To go in the draw to win phone 6622 2888 between 10.45 & 11am next Monday, October 23, and tell us which bit of the puppet Pinocchio got larger when he lied. Hint: Everyone nose the answer.


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