'The Zaniac' Performs at Youth Theatre Northwest Sept. 21-23

Seattle’s "Funniest Prop comic" is onstage at Mercer Island's Youth Theatre Northwest this weekend.

What do a recorder, a paddleball, a whoopee cushion, (wait, there’s more) a bell and party blowers have in common?

They’re all in simultaneous motion during one phenomenal routine in Alex Zerbe’s one-man family comedy show, The Zaniac. This two-time Guinness World Record holder will perform a 60-minute routine of juggling artistry.

The Zaniac is best for ages 3+.

The “Professional Zaniac,” who’s been spinning balls on audience members for over a decade, moves like a rubber band from one act to another. Zerbe specializes in a physical comedy of controlled chaos, performing with a fearlessness and ease reminiscent of Dick Van Dyke or Jim Carrey. A self-described “human cartoon,” his show zigzags between high technical skill and laugh-out-loud fun. But it isn’t only for the youngest members of the family.

“Young kids love my tricks,” says Zerbe. “But teens dig my beat-boxing and Facebook jokes. I also catch adults busting up at jokes that fly right over the heads of the kids. And catching a five-pound table on my face? Everyone loves that.”

During the show, Zerbe slices a piece of celery in half with a playing card, harpoons vegetables in mid-air, and juggles ping-pong balls with his mouth. In his hat routine, he juggles, rolls and balances three bowler hats to a mash-up of songs, prompting a CultureMob.com reviewer to say, “Rarely have I seen such an example of physical grace.”

The Zaniac performs on YTN’s Mainstage Sept. 21 - 23: Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Youth Theatre Northwest is located at 8805 S.E. 40th Street on Mercer Island. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for youth/seniors. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (206) 232-4145, ext. 109, or online at www.youththeatre.org.

About Alex Zerbe: Formerly of the award-winning duo Brothers from Different Mothers, Zerbe is a Hacky Sack World Champion and was named Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comic in 2002. He’s garnered praise from The Seattle Times and celebrities including Jamie Lee Curtis and Piers Morgan. He’s performed everywhere from school libraries and corporate events to prime-time television in three countries, including “America’s Got Talent!” and “Last Comic Standing.” 



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