Flying Karamazov Brothers
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Show Quick Facts
- The Flying Karamazov Brothers perform at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York.
- The Brothers Karamazov will delight both children and adults.
- The Brothers Karamazov use both vaudevillian comedy and unbelievable juggling in their hit show.
November 2010 - April 3, 2011
Minetta Lane Theatre
18 Minetta Lane
New York, New York 10012
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Vaudevillian Comedy and Expert Juggling by the Flying Karamazov Brothers
Features: The Flying Karamazov Brothers are a juggling and comedy troupe first founded in 1973. In their hit show, performed at the quaint Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village, the Brothers Karamazov (named after the characters of the 1880 Dostoyevsky novel) juggle, among other things, eggs, dry ice, ukeleles, belts, lunchboxes, frying pans, meat cleavers, lit torches, and toys, all while singing, dancing, and cracking hilarious jokes.
Why We Go: Since 1973, the Flying Karamazov Brothers have entertained audiences with their unique blend of juggling and vaudevillian comedy. After honing their skills on the streets of Santa Cruz, California, the Flying Karamazov Brothers have come at last to New York, where they now perform their diverse repertoire of songs and stunts.
- The Gamble: Perhaps the most memorable and entertaining stunt performed by the Flying Karamazov Brothers is "The Gamble." In this stunt, one of the brothers, called "The Champ," challenges the audience to present him with five items to juggle, wagering that, if he fails to juggle them in three tries, he will receive a pie in the face. The only rules are that the items must weigh more than an ounce, weigh less than ten pounds, be no bigger than a breadbox, not be a live animal, and not threaten to stop The Champ from being a live animal.
- The Terror: Often performed as the show's finale, "The Terror" is another classic stunt performed by the Flying Karamazov Brothers. Without spoiling the surprise, we'll just say that the stunt involves eggs, ukeleles, fish, salt shakers, frying pans, meat cleavers, lit torches, champagne, and almost unspeakable terror.
- Off-Broadway Intimacy: The Minetta Lane Theatre, located in Greenwich Village, is perfect for the Brothers Karamazov, as it adds to the intimacy of their performance and the excitement of their stunts. After seeing them here, you'll be glad you never saw the Flying Karamazov Brothers on Broadway.
Inside Knowledge: In 1981, in Essen, Germany, the Flying Karamazov Brothers performed their act while playing various percussion instruments along with the Grateful Dead.
Do's and Don'ts:
- Do Sit in the First Rows: If you're a fan of audience participation, definitely sit in the first three rows. But be warned: you may be subject to projectile cake and lighthearted ridicule.
- Do Offer a Sacrifice: In one stunt, known as "The Gamble," audience members are encouraged to "sacrifice" an item to the Flying Karamazov Brothers for use in the show (items are decided by audience clapping). We recommend bringing an item with you, one without sentimental value: just make sure that it weighs more than an ounce but less than ten pounds, is no bigger than a breadbox, is not a live animal, and is not something that can stop the performers from being live animals.
- Don't Expect Your Item to Be Returned: If you decide to take part in "The Gamble," don't expect to get your item back - at least, not in the same condition. Much of this depends on how successfully the Champ can juggle the items offered him.
- Don't Forget the Kids: This show is unique in that it is as entertaining for children as it is for adults. Be sure to bring the kids (and Grandma and Grandpa, too!).