Stephen M. Silverman
October 08, 2002 12:00 PM

On the subject of late-night playtime, Jay Leno has booked the two stars of the Off-Broadway sensation “Puppetry of the Penis” for Wednesday’s “Tonight Show.”

NBC censors are on guard, Reuters reports, which also states that the two stars — they’re male — will appear fully clothed on the program, which is what they don’t do onstage during the course of their live show, aptly subtitled “The Ancient Art of Genital Origami.”

“Puppetry,” which stars Australians David “Friendly” Friend and Simon Morley, has been performed in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in cities throughout the United Kingdom and Australia (though, it is suspected, never at a dinner theater).

Their routine consists of the two standing naked onstage (except for shoes, socks and capes), and contorting their privates into all sorts of unusual shapes and objects, such as the Loch Ness monster and the Golden Arches. To make sure audience members don’t miss a thing (as it were), the duo’s wares are displayed on large video monitors in the theater.

While their act would hardly be considered a natural for television — last Friday on a local morning show on San Francisco’s KRON-TV, a full-frontal nude shot of one of the performers was inadvertently broadcast, the San Francisco Chronicle reports — a “Tonight Show” spokeswoman tells Reuters that one of her program’s producers recently saw “Penis,” was amused by it and “invited the guys on to talk about what they do without showing it.”

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