Speed-stacking cups is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: You stack the most cups in the least amount of time possible. Its pointless and stupid, but of course Ive spent hundreds of hours doing it myself, admits Christopher Aji Slater. Pointless, stupid talents are kind of Slaters M.O., and hes amassed an impressive array of them juggling, card tricks, pen-spinning ― in his tenure as a clown with the Ringling Bros. Circus and as a geek in general. Today he brings those talents to Bad Day to Be a Juggler, his one-man show.
Its a sort of choose-your-own-adventure, Slater says of the performance, which is basically his meta-take on what it means to be the sort of geek who learns to do dumb stuff like juggling. Audience members can take their pick of Slaters skills, and hell show them off and tell the story behind them.
Ive just always been what I like to call a twiddler, Slater explains. Its like my fingers have ADHD, and I think the comedy is just my way to share my experience of it with people who could really care less. If I can inspire one person to take up pen-spinning, then Ive done my job.
Slater's show is part of the Boulder Fringe Festival, which runs August 18 through 28; performances are tonight at 9 p.m., tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday next week at Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom Street in Boulder. Get tickets, $10 to $13, and information at www.boulderfringe.com.
Thu., Aug. 18, 9 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 25, 7 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 26, 6 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 27, 9 p.m., 2011