Puppetry of the Penis was initially conceived by Simon Morley as the title of a highbrow art calendar, showcasing twelve of his favourite penis installations (known as "Dick Tricks" to the uninformed layperson). It was on New Year’s Eve in 1997, with a garage full of calendars to sell and burgeoning requests for live demonstrations, when Simon finally decided to unleash his talent on the world. His natural choice of performance partner was David "Friendy" Friend, whose reputation as the life of any party was quickly growing.
Their debut at the 1998 Melbourne International Comedy Festival was a huge hit, kicking off an eight-month tour of Australia. The national tour covered 20,000 kilometres and was captured in the documentary Tackle Happy. The show has had extensive runs on Broadway & i n the prestigious West End