Monday, February 20, 2006

Colin and Frank (doesn't have the same ring)

After twenty years performing together Lano and Woodley are calling it a day. Twenty years ago I remember watching them, as a callow work experience boy, from the balcony of the Last Laugh (when they were the Found Objects). Their onstage anarchy and surreal take on the world confused, delighted and scared me. An image from that show that sticks out is of Frank emerging from a fridge after having mutated into a strange carrot-like creature. I found the thinly veiled cocktail of pain and violence lurking under their happy schoolboy personalities strangely fascinating, like a car crash but it was their dedication to the art of slapstick and their commitment to character that I will always remember.

Having just watched Frank perform a marvelous bit of schtick in Working Dog's new TV show "Thank God You're Here" I can't wait to see what they go onto now and all power to them.

P.S. Just in case you didn't spot it, the silhouettes of them walking off over the hill is a lovely homage to Morecambe and Wise.

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