Puppetry of the Penis: Live at the Forum (Sin subtítulos)
Title: Puppetry of the Penis: Live at the Forum
Director: Mick De Montignie
Writers: David Friend (written and devised by), Simon Morley (written and devised by)
Stars: David Friend, Simon Morley
Runtime: 52 min
Ingenious, hilarious and amazingly creative, this show should be required viewing for anyone who is nervous and uptight with full frontal male nudity. Sex, lust and titillation are completely absent, making this joyously merry routine fresh, silly and totally harmless. Indeed, the DVD should be rated PG simply because there is no sex, drugs, foul language or violence involved.
Two average guys have managed to invent dozens of “puppets” using only their genitalia, along with a (very) occasional prop. Unabashed and unselfconscious, they twist, wrap, stack, pull, prod and otherwise manipulate their equipment into everything from inanimate objects to “live” characters, much to the delight and applause of the audience.
Finally, someone has the guts to not only unmask that part of the anatomy that seems to embarrass everyone else, but they make it the star of a delightfully refreshing show. And they do it with such aplomb! It isn’t about a sexual organ. It’s about provoking laughter and joy through innovation and creativity.
Watching, one has the feeling that this is just a couple of ordinary guys goofing off to impress friends. Indeed, they started their “act” in the local pubs in and around Melbourne, Australia. And the show retains that chummy, ad-lib feeling, as if they’ve just thrown it together. Their running commentary is far from polished, making it that much funnier. And while the humor is by no means intellectual, it’s far from being low-brow. They don’t try to be the stars of the show; they let their “puppets” be the stars.
I would have appreciated better camera work. As if the director was a little disconcerted with showing too many close-ups of penises, the camera frequently cuts from the stage to the audience. Indeed, a number of times, just as the “puppeteer” revealed his latest “puppet”, the camera cut away to record audience reactions before I could see the creation, leaving me wondering what they were laughing so hard about. Likewise, it was difficult to see some of the creations in the wide shots, despite the close-ups projected onto a huge on-stage screen. The projected images didn’t film well, tending to be hazy and dark. Hence, the rating of “9” instead of “10”.
Overall, this DVD is a party waiting to happen. Grab a few friends, open the bar, put out some snacks and get ready for an hour of giggles, laughs and outright guffaws. Both men and women will crack up at the antics on the stage. (Ladies, it’s perfect entertainment for a bachelorette party!)