There is at least one annual fair or festival in practically every town, and larger cities host them almost every weekend. Fairs and festivals are family affairs, with patrons composed of a good mix of ages and backgrounds. There are two kinds of entertainment Christopher offers for fairs and festivals: Stage Acts and Walkaround. Examples of both are found below.
What do you get when you combine the multi-faceted skills of Rich Little with the comedic speed of Robin Williams and the political satire of Bill Maher? CHRISTOPHER & CO. LIVE!
Lt. Columbo kicks-off the act, ambling in from the back of the audience, mumbling incoherent queries, observations, and asides. Once finding his way upon the stage, he apologetically cues the act’s musical open, which introduces the audience to the concept that Christopher will offer rapid-fire impersonations on request.
The body of the act incorporates audience requests from the list of over 150 celebrity voices in a fast-paced exhibition of improvised repartee.
TIME: 30-45 minutes
In the days of “Olde”, a young man would serenade his lady fair from below her balcony in the moonlight. In vaudeville, minstrels crooned songs of love in blackface. In America today, lounge-style pop singers articulate, accentuate, and advocate supposedly socially-redemptive messages and causes within and between their love songs. They are the singers of ballads…they are BALLADEERS.
Christopher presents a concert of greatest hits, performed by the stars who made them famous. Less a tribute than a spoof, BALLADEERS includes the famous old tunes with new lyrics designed to elicit laughs, not tears. Represented are Bing, Frank, Elvis, Neil…and many others.
TIME: 30 minutes
Game shows have been a staple of American broadcasting from the beginning. All sorts of formats have been devised, from the straight-forward question and answer style of Groucho Marx’s “You Bet Your Life”, to the athletic competition of “American Gladiators”.
1970’s television featured a star-studded game called “Hollywood Squares”, in which a giant Tic-Tac-Toe match was played between two contestants, incorporating trivia questions, live celebrity guests, and extravagant prizes.
CELEBRITY SQUARES is the exactly the same, except for the prizes…and, of course, the celebrities are really just Christopher.
TIME: 45-60 minutes
A hush falls on the crowd of excited reporters as the official hurriedly steps up to the podium and clears his throat into the microphones. The PRESS CONFERENCE has begun.
No one knows what sorts of questions will be asked. There is more left to chance, however, since the man at the microphone also has no idea about exactly who will be answering the questions. It could be any one of 150 different politicians, actors, and other miscellaneous celebrities to be found on Christopher’s list.
The people shouting from the crowd are not only in control of the questions to be answered, but the individuals to be questioned, as well.
TIME: 30-45 minutes
Christopher’s Stiltwalking Characters
At 8 feet tall, Christopher’s stiltwalking characters are ideal for walkaround at promotions, fair, festivals, and even brief, surprise appearances at corporate meetings, large private parties, and children’s parties. Kids, of course, love the characters, but, then, so do adults.
Characters Christopher offers on stilts
Black Bart III, the gun-toting western bad guy (pictured below)
Uncle Sam (pictured below)
A Toy Soldier (pictured below)
Old Father Time
Prospector Pete, from the Gold Country
Long Luigi Linguini, the Italian chef (pictured below)
Long Jon Silver, the peg-legged pirate
Payaso Sin Casa, the Cuban tramp clown
Farmer Bob, corn-fed son of the MidWest
Wilt Whitehead-Afro/Anglo basketball player
Dr. Bugz, exterminator of very LARGE bugs
The King Of Hearts, a frighteningly nightmarish character
Enrico Torre, Italian opera clown, and the world’s tallest Baritone
Captain Crow’s Nest, US Navy’s answer to Mr. Magoo (pictured below)
Wise-cracking Carl the Cabbie…from New York…you want a LONG ride?
Also available are a gangster, a basketball player, a referee, a veterinarian (a giraffe specialist), and almost any other character you can think of.
BLACK BART III
A dry, sleepy, western town is etched into the deserted landscape.
Suddenly, there is a distant thud, thud, thud…
At one end of town there stands a stranger…a very tall stranger! It’s a cowboy standing 8 feet tall, clad in black leather, toting a long, cold, black .45 Ruger Blackhawk revolver.
It’s the grandson of notorious western bad-guy Charles E. Bowles, the Po8, aka BLACK BART!
Townspeople shiver with fear as Bart slowly, deliberately stomps down Main Street…
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