Delightful, insane pelagic pageantry, combining nautical pop rock and puppets. Somewhere between a band and a theater group, with none of the hangups of either, Jollyship the Whiz-Bang is a multimedia force of nature, already incredibly huge in Greenland and Tortuga!
An underground, psychosexual, artsy, craftsy, ramshackle maritime treat!
Jollyship the Whiz-Bang: "Cleaning up Coney Island"
(WINNER: "Best Music Video" Coney Island Film Festival, 2007)
Jollyship the Whiz-Bang: "The Witch Song" (2007)
OFFICIAL NOMINATION: "Most Entertaining"
-Dublin Fringe Festival, 2005
REVIEWS FOR OUR CURRENT STAGE SHOW, AT ARS NOVA, IN NEW YORK CITY
"Nothing will convey the demented brilliance of Jollyship the Whiz-Bang . . .
Ripping good rock . . . Mr Jones's script is diabolically sly. . . you've never seen anything like it!
-New York Times
"Irreverent punk perfection . . . If you've never seen a puppet do a keg stand, climb aboard."
-The New Yorker
"Fast and furious, truly hardcore, Arr-some fun! The hugely talented Nick Jones and his cohorts deliver a deliriously naughty mashup of sick nautical spoofery, sick humor, and indie rock thrills. Ingeniously designed under Sam Gold's savvy direction, there's treasure here, mateys, and it sure ain't buried!"
-Time Out NY
"Terrific . . . a reward to see . . . the cast party starts early in this fury filled gremlin with considerable musical chops!
"Jones and his crew-cum-backup-band play the power pop with enthusiasm and unexpected precision (and) somehow render the material sea spray fresh. The next time this crew sets sail for Party Island, I hope I'm along for the ride."
"Nick Jones is sensational with the fearlessness of a young Jim Carrey channeling the quirkiness of David Byrne."
"From pulsating, thrumming chords to ballads that melt into a full-tilt of caterwauls, wails and plaints, the music owes more to Black Flag than to Broadway . . . a subversive theatrical mosh-pit . . . Clamp is a dizzy and insulting prick whose surrounding cadre is so determinedly un-PC as to make Avenue Q's perky puppets look like Benedictine monks."
"A glimmering theatrical treasure . . . it's well worth boarding this jollyship."
"Do you enjoy ingeniously crafted rock tunes with clever lyrics and arrangements for accordion, keyboard, ukulele, guitar, bass and drums? Do you like pirates? How about puppets? Rum based drink specials? Laughing until your sides hurt? . . . Creators Nick Jones and Raja Azar have been polishing this project since 2002, and it gleams as brilliantly as One-Eyed Willie’s treasure."
"Equal parts strobe-heavy rock show, relentless comedy hour and swashbuckling human- and puppet-populated narrative. The elements merge to form a swirling maelstrom of head-nodding beats and pitch-perfect humor."
"An explosion of manic genius, this completely twisted - in the most jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring way - piece combines puppetry, a spectacular hard rock score, and a stellar level of wit to create one of the freshest and most original pieces I've seen in ages."
"Magnificent insanity! Comic genius! Go check it out if you want to laugh until your sides ache!"
"This is pure rockin' good times theatre . . . I can't say enough good things about the music . . . a perfect night out at the theatre."
It's a riotously funny and ribald adult musical. . . the show's hard-hitting rock score (is played) with near volcanic energy and flair."