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).
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).