The Flaming Idiots, three zany and crazy guys, to perform at the Quick Center


Image: Flaming IdiotsFairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts presents the wacky performance of The Flaming Idiots on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the second of its Young Audience Sunday Series. The show will feature the idiots, Gyro, Pyro and Walter, juggling swords, fire, brightly colored beanbag chairs and even themselves. These idiots can do more than juggle. Watch for whip-cracking, acrobatics, straight jacket escapes, balloon eating and improvisational comedy.

The trio of idiots have been trouping together for 15 years, yet their wild routines look fresh and unstudied. Jon O'Connor (Pyro) is the would-be macho one whose "Idiot Olympics" gyrations as a champion coin-tosser provide disastrous fodder for his colleagues' smart-mouthed commentary. Rob Williams (Gyro) is the boyish charmer capable of assembling a bologna sandwich, mustard and all, using only his feet. Kevin Hunt (Walter) is the shaggy-headed surfer dude who balances a bicycle on his chin one minute while at another instance can ingest a 3-foot-long balloon. With over a decade of continuous performance, the threesome offers distinct characters, a laid-back style and comedic timing. The Flaming Idiots push the limits of possibility, probability and acceptability.

Audience members not only attend the show, but may have the opportunity to partake in some of the guys' idiotic charades. The audience is given a chance to pelt the stage with tennis balls, bat big balloons around the Quick Center, even before the lights go down, and in the case of one lucky patron, go home with a bologna sandwich. Adults and children alike will enjoy the good-natured, high-spirited, silly fun adventures of The Flaming Idiots. Many wise cracks and gags meant for the adults will go over the heads of children amused by the carefree circus moves. Past credits for the Idiots include; The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comic Strip Live, Fox Sunday Comic, Fox America's Super Showcase and ABC. In 1990, they toured Canada performing in Fringe Theatre festivals from Winnipeg to Vancouver. They have also participated at festivals, comedy clubs, colleges, corporate functions and trade shows, too numerous to list.

This fun-filled show is highly recommended for kids in the 4-10 age bracket who are cautioned not to try some of these idiotic endeavors at home. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Discounts are available for groups and birthday parties. For more information, please call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396. You may also visit the Quick Center web site at www.quickcenter.com.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 1, 2001

Vol. 34, No. 89