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Marty Coffey is perhaps best known for causing a furor on Ray Martin’s Midday Show when he pretended to juggle two live kittens with a running chainsaw, upsetting many short sighted home viewers... all in the name of comedy!
Marty’s act is a clever combination of spectacular juggling, fire eating and death defying feats, all wrapped up with non-stop humour. Among his routines is the uproarious apple, bowling ball and egg juggle where he eats the apple during the stunt. There is the “dangerous objects juggle” atop a two metre unicycle where Marty enlists the help of the audience in getting started. And of course he likes to finish on his now famous chainsaw juggle (sanskittens for the stage act!).
With or without cats his deftness for combining hilarious patter, visual surprise gags and tension building stunts always keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.
Marty Coffey certainly has a sensational approach to comedy basing it around juggling; or a sensational approach to juggling basing it around comedy. Whichever way you look at it Marty Coffey has a sensational comedy act.
Marty’s credits include the highly successful 1987 national capital tour of the Broadway musical Sugar Babies. Critics said he “stole the show” when he performed his solo spot directly before finale, and called him “Australia’s funniest American juggler”.
With his high impact thirty minute show Marty has always been in huge demand as a guest artist for Australia’s biggest touring acts. He has also supported international acts such as John Cougar Mellencamp, the Everly Brothers, Thelma Houston and Issac Hayes.
This popularity is partly due to the large doses of side-splitting audience involvement, a real winner at functions from small groups to gala balls. It is also the powerful universal appeal and versatility of his show, an important feature when perfection and professionalism are the standards.