From Dinah Washington yearning for her trumpet player’s “big long sliding thing” to Mrs Slocomb in Are You Being Served telling tales about her pussy, innuendo and double entendre have long been part of popular culture.
However, the creators behind Innuendo Everywhere: Becky Blake and Steve Davis do it, argue that contemporary innuendo tends to be more direct and crass, lacking the innocence and cheekiness of older style wit.
“This opinion is based on my research on UrbanDictionary.com, which is like a Wikipedia for modern slang and euphemisms,” says Steve Davis.
“Anyone can add terms they use or hear being used and some of them are quite astonishing.
“If we take references to the male member, for example, quaint terms like willie and pecker, have been usurped by terms like bald headed yoghurt slinger and pork sword.
“This is a far cry from some of the iconic examples of innuendo such as TV shows like Are You Being Served, Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave Them, Dave Allen, Benny Hill, Dick Emery, and the Naked Gun franchise.
“So we’ve written this show to honour the way innuendo was once done with a smile and a wink, rather than through graphic language,” he says.
The 60-minute show features Steve Davis and Becky Blake in a series of skits and monologues, entwined with Blake’s powerful voice singing a range of songs in the key of “cheek”.
Becky Blake’s musical pedigree honed through her Piano Chick persona and her 20 years fronting Australia’s leading party band, Chunky Custard, gives Innuendo Everywhere a touch of class that will leave audience members tapping their toes and ringing their ding a lings!
Innuendo Everywhere: Becky Blake and Steve Davis do it, runs Thursday and Friday nights at 8.30pm, February 20, and 21, and Sundays at 5.30pm on February 23 and March 1, 2020, 8.30pm at the Duke of Brunswick Hotel, 207 Gilbert Street, Adelaide. An Auslan interpreter from Deaf Can: Do will be at the show on March 1 for audience members from the deaf community.
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