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Marty Coffey

Canadian ex-pat Marty Coffey is one of Australia’s best and most unorthodox jugglers. Now an Australian citizen, Marty has entertained us with his juggling antics for over a decade, perhaps best known for the uproar caused during an appearance...

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Marty Coffey's Biography

Canadian ex-pat Marty Coffey is one of Australia’s best and most unorthodox jugglers. Now an Australian citizen, Marty has entertained us with his juggling antics for over a decade, perhaps best known for the uproar caused during an appearance on Ray Martin’s Midday Show, when he pretended to juggle two live kittens with a running chainsaw!


As a teenager, Marty was one of San Francisco’s original and most successful buskers. Winning a street performing competition that brought him to Australia, Marty surfed the “new wave” comedy movement of the 1980’s around the country, eventually landing him a starring role performing in the highly successful 1987 national capital tour of the Broadway musical Sugar Babies. Critics noted that he “stole the show” when he performed his solo spot directly before the finale, calling him “Australia’s funniest American juggler.”

Marty’s act is a clever combination of spectacular juggling, fire eating and death defying feats, all wrapped up in 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 also the “dangerous objects juggle” atop a two-metre unicycle where Marty enlists the help of the audience to get started. And of course he enjoys finishing on his now famous chainsaw juggle (sans kittens) for the stage act!

With or without the furry felines, Marty’s deftness for combining hilarious patter, visual surprise gags and tension-building stunts, always keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. His sensational approach to comedy, basing it around juggling, or vice versa – whichever way you look at it, Marty Coffey is a sensational comedic act.

Marty’s high impact 30-minute show puts him in high 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 Isaac Hayes.

Marty’s popularity is in part due to the high level of audience participation, making him a side-splitting winner at a range of events, from small groups to gala balls and corporate functions.

Testimonials

“Thank you for procuring Marty Coffey. Our feedback from our delegates has been enormously positive. He was larger than life in his hoax character and things only got bigger from there. It really made what everyone thought would be a boring dry afternoon into a virtual amusement park ride.”
COLIN McCARLIE OF DESIGN TROOP – IBM CONFERENCE 2005

“Marty, thank you sincerely for making this year’s awards presentation the most memorable to date. Your ideas for keeping things moving and on track were brilliant. I’m only sorry we didn’t have time for you to do more of your fantastic act.”
ANDREW McKINNON – OPTOMETRISTS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA 2001

“He’s very good, but I just wish he would go back to university.”
MARTY’S MOTHER 1987