Puppetry of the Penis extends for a second time and will now run through to 3 Oct



Puppetry of the Penis, 'the ancient Australian art of genital origami,' extends its run for a second time and will now run through to 3 Oct 2009.

The show opened at the Bleecker Street Theatre on 6 Aug 2009, following previews from 4 Aug and was originally scheduled to close on 30 Aug 2009.

Puppetry of the Penis: Make no mistake, there are no sock puppets in this show! These puppeteers stretch themselves to the limit presenting the ancient Australian art of genital origami. Puppetry of the Penisfeaturesmore than 40 hilarious 'installations' including The Pelican, The Loch Ness Monster, and their signature creation, The Hamburger.

Created by Simon Morley & David Friend, Puppetry of the Penis features Rich Binning, Chris Cannon, Simon Morley and Justin Morley.

Puppetry of the Penis was conceived by Simon Morley in 1996 as the title of a classy, highbrow art calendar, showcasing twelve of his favorite penis installations. Years before, Simon�s youngest brother had shown him his first genital trick, �The Hamburger�. Natural sibling rivalry with their two other brothers resulted in the evolution of a healthy repertoire of genital gesticulations. It was on New Year�s Eve in 1997, with a garage full of calendars to sell and burgeoning requests for live demonstrations that Simon finally decided to unleash his talent on the world.

The natural choice of performing partner was David Friend, whose reputation as the life of any party was quickly growing. As a young boy, Friend began his current career in the bath and developed his skills further when he discovered beer at university in Byron Bay. After completing his degree in computing, he returned to Melbourne with his own highly individual collection of hanging art. Together, Simon and Friend became Puppetry of the Penis.

Their debut season at the 1998 Melbourne International Comedy Festival was a huge hit. Simon and Friend then embarked on a national tour, circumnavigating Australia. This took eight months, covered 20,000 kilometres and was captured in all its glory in the documentary Tackle Happy.

A runaway hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2000, Puppetry of the Peniss then set about the task of world domination, playing London's West End, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and launching multiple US companies, with one playing the John Houseman Theatre in New York for 2 years, and another two touring extensively, with sit-downs in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

As of today, most of the Western World has played host to Puppetry of the Penis. Due to popular demand, Simon and his band of penis puppeteers continue to take their penises to the people with performances in Australia, Canada, USA, the UK and South Africa.

�Comedic brilliance!" Time Out NY; �Good, clean fun!" Philadelphia Inquirer; "Sends audience members into hysterics� NY Times; "...shocked me into uncontrollable fits of hysterics." Time Out, London,; "An amiable Aussie duo that has turned playing with their privates into an art form.� NY Post,; "Does exactly what it says on the packet �unbelievable" Financial Times; ��giggling fits that approached hysteria." National Post, Toronto; �You have to admit, these guys have balls.� Boston Phoenix; �You�ll have to see it to believe it.� Boston Herald; �I still prefer musicals� Simon Morley's Mum.

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