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Comedy and magic on tap to entertain kids

Comedy and magic on tap to entertain kids

A man of generous proportion lands a flying sleigh on top of a house and jumps down the chimney. Cha
Comedy and magic on tap to entertain kids
Chad Dietz

A man of generous proportion lands a flying sleigh on top of a house and jumps down the chimney.

Chad Dietz can appreciate the timing, balance and strength required for such an athletic gag. But the stunt isn’t in his bag of tricks.

Jokes, skateboards and jump ropes are. Dietz, as performer “Wacky Chad,” will bring all three to the Kids Comedy Magic & Stunt Show that will be held on Saturday at the Underground at Proctors. Show times are noon and 4 p.m.

Kids Comedy Magic & Stunt Show

WHEN: Noon and 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Underground Stage at Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady

HOW MUCH: $13

MORE INFO: 346-6204, www.proctors.org

“There’s going to be a lot of jokes, comedy and interaction with the audience, volunteer participation, that kind of thing,” said wacky Dietz, 31, a Syracuse native who will appear with comedian Dan Frigolette and magician Matt Richards.

“It’s a fun, unique show. The tricks I do in the show are a couple skateboard tricks, I’ll jump rope on a unicycle with two guys twirling the rope.”

There won’t be enough space in the room for wacky pogo stick stunts, Chad’s big gags for outdoor venues and large arenas. Bouncing and soaring, along with other antics, have won the athletic Dietz appearances on television’s “America’s Got Talent.”

He’s been performing since 2004, and has entertained at schools, fairs, festivals, theaters, colleges and universities.

Dietz loves his younger audiences, but says parents and people in their 20s and 30s will get some of his comedy. Some bits might go over the kids’ heads, but adults will get the jokes, nod and laugh.

Frigolette is the show’s joke master. Seen recently on The Wendy Williams Show, Boardwalk Empire, and Sexy Beasts, Frigolette. who created the Hoboken Comedy Festival, has also headlined the famous Caroline’s on Broadway.

As a performer, Dietz understands he has the power to change moods. It all starts with the guy on stage.

“If I’m having fun, they’re having fun,” he said. “It rubs off you.”

Everyone should be in a good mood on the day after Christmas. Dietz believes families look for things to do together around the holidays, and says a show filled with jokes and stunts could be something kids will remember doing with Mom and Dad on that Christmas weekend for a long time.

“It’s an all-around good time,” he said of the show. “Instead of watching television, you’re watching a live event and it’s better that what people might expect. With a name like ‘Wacky Chad,’ you don’t know what you’re getting, but this show with a magician and stand-up comedian is still family-friendly.”

Reach Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 395-3124 or at [email protected] or @jeffwilkin1 on Twitter. His blog is at www.dailygazette.com/weblogs/wilkin.

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