You should know that the Rat Pack tribute that has kicked off the season at Theatre By The Sea is not just a Frank Sinatra sound-alike singing “My Way.” It’s got standup, too, and that’s often the best part of the show.
The official name of this salute to Old Blue Eyes and the boys is ”Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show,” Sandy being the son of famed comedian Buddy Hackett. And this is one apple that has not fallen far from the tree.
Hackett, who plays the Joey Bishop character and writes most of the material for the show, had the house in stitches Thursday night, poking fun at the advanced age of the audience and ranting about Rhode Island traffic while dressed like a geisha.
A man cuts in front of a line to rob a bank, Hackett begins, and when a customer complains, the robber shoots him dead. Then the robber asks the next man in line if he objects to him cutting, and the man sheepishly says, “No. But my wife does.”