With a yo-yo and the help of his sidekick contortionist?
Then head to the new show STUNT LAB at the Canal Park Playhouse in TriBeCa, NYC. I took my family–husband, 6-year-old twins and 4-year-old boy–to see this two-man comedy act last weekend. Full disclosure: I went on press passes, but we had such a great time that I’d shell out hard-earned cash to see it again.
Two “scientists” started the performance by collecting audience hair samples and head measurements. Kids cracked up. Then the duo began their quest to create eye-popping stunts and tricks such as swallowing a balloon, squeezing a grown man into a rolling suitcase, eating marshmallows off the floor and lighting matches (from someone’s mouth) with a yo-yo.
It’s no joke that the highlight of the show is the yo-yo. World Yo-Yo Champion and juggler Mark Hayward does gravity-defying tricks–have you ever seen the Darth Vader? Then he breaks the Guinness record–for real–with the audience’s help.
His assistant, Jonathan Burns, is a flexible, leg-behind-the-head kind of guy with a knack for comedic timing and hilarity. You might have seen him on Jay Leno. At one point, he steals a woman’s purse, puts all of her Altoids in his mouth and spits them back into the tin.
The two men travel around the country performing at colleges and conventions. Mark can even brag that he’s appeared on David Letterman. They wrote this show after meeting on Facebook a few years ago, and they hope you’ll trek to New York City to see it. (Bonus: Free street parking galore in the neighborhood.) STUNT LAB takes place on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 4 p.m. now through April 4.
Who: Ages 5 to 105
What: A yo-yo show with comedy and a contortionist
Where: Canal Park Playhouse, 508 Canal Street, New York, New York 10013
When: Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 4 p.m. until April 4
Cost: $20 per ticket, buy here
Another tip, you can stuff yourself with waffles in the lobby of the Canal Park Playhouse at the Waffle Iron Café before or after the show. My kids went bananas for the decadent dark chocolate and pink ones. I preferred the beet and goat cheese waffle which was a little whacked but just right–kind of like the stunt show.
Last tip, the Playhouse is right down the street from the Children’s Museum for the Arts. We went after the 1 p.m. show, and got giddy at their Clay Bar. But more on that soon.