Now, who the frig are the Six Characters? That's us. Hello. Nice to meet you. We are a group of six clinically insane people trying to make it in the cutthroat world of physical comedy. Never heard of us? Well, you will. Right... now.

First off, let me explain what we are NOT: We are not mimes, dancers, rule followers, Noam Chomsky, politicians, ethical, conventional, singers, yippies, yuppies, rich, suburbanites, one trick ponies, one trick knees, SUV drivers, Henry Kissinger or Lorenzo Lamas (well, maybe Lorenzo Lamas).

Out of respect for comedy and devotion to our audience, the Characters have lovingly garnered the following injuries over the years:

two egregiously sprained ankles

two concussions of varying severity

one nerve-damaged dorsal carpal ligament

one near-death experience, due to shaving cream accidentally inhaled during a pie-fight

one smashed chin

a countless number of mildly serious cuts and bruises

and one peculiar stress-induced stomach illness that required oh the tiniest bit of hospitalization.

Our idols (American and otherwise) include Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Busby Berkeley, Esquivel, the Mummenschanz, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Mr. Show, the Simpsons, Harold Lloyd, Fatty Arbuckle, the Three Stooges, the Marx Brothers, Monty Python, the Kids in the Hall, the Muppets and many others. When we write our shows, we get down on our knees and pray to our idols while chanting "banana cream pie" over and over again (one time, we actually made rain).

Our shows are 70 minutes of pure sensory overload. We are a group of physical comedians who can fall down in over 67 different ways on command. Set to kick-ass music, our shows combine video and live-action performance to tell stories. A great example of this is a piece we call "Old Testament or Moses did a Lot of Stuff." It's a complete retelling of the Old Testament (and part of the New Testament) in under six minutes to the tune of the Barber of Seville. Interest piqued? Well, how about this little tidbit: Our shows culminate in a huge pie-throwing finale. That's the part people get pretty psyched about.

Let me tell you a little bit about our past. Much like a madcap, wildly-gesturing Athena springing from the head of an enormously large and unwieldy Zeus, so the Six Characters sprang from college. Bitter, depressed, poor and possibly drunk, Sarah and Kym were rejected from an NYU showcase by their heartless and cruel teachers. They ended up at a bar, where they discussed their performing futures (or lack thereof).

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