You know Stuckey and Murray. The musical comedy duo, who performed this week at Theatre 99 as part of Piccolo Fringe, are the professional equivalent of those awkward guys in the dorm who whipped out their guitars and ripped on professors and classmates and themselves, occasionally stopping to impress the ladies with a near-flawless rendition of “Wonderwall.”
Well, the humor of your old college buddies holds up. Andy Stuckey and Jon Murray were funny, eye roll-inducing, sincere and silly. The pair were joined on stage by their bespectacled backing band — a single accordion player, John Foti. Together they regaled the audience with relatable tales of fornication, fatherhood, friendship and the intersection of all three.
Stuckey and Murray have been best friends and creative partners for 10 years. A video montage, similar to those shown at a couple’s engagement party, chronicled their career in snippets of music videos, concerts and the odd Cash Cab appearance. They aired a few videos on a small screen above the stage throughout their one-hour set. While these videos were entertaining, the duo’s live music was more exciting.
In “Mimosas in the Rain,” Stuckey and Murray recalled their epic bromance and the night, fueled by orange juice and champagne, that they took it too the next level. Just that one time, though. Unless they find themselves once again drinking mimosas in the rain.
They crooned about all the “stuff” and “things” they love about their wives and having to limit their rendezvouses to 10-minute windows based on their kids’ schedules.
The guys hit the proverbial nail on the head, though, when they created their own song to end a TV drama, complete with tears, longing and secondary characters staring into the middle distance contemplatively. It gives the Fray’s “How To Save a Life” steep competition to close out the last five minutes of an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Stuckey and Murray and their backing band really came together for the final tune. Literally. All three played instruments strapped to Stuckey’s body, making musical innuendo throughout. It felt like a missed opportunity for a joke about a truss rod, but aside from that, it was the perfect way to close out a strange and witty night with your dorm buddies all grown up.
Kate Drozynski is a Goldring Arts Journalist from Syracuse University.