"Their witty comedy and jaw-dropping juggling with just the right mix of audience interaction made SMIRK one of the most
exciting performances all year! We cannot wait to have Reid and Warren back for another sidesplitting performance.”
—Kirstin Fletcher, Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree, CO
SMIRK is an exhilarating roller coaster ride into the lives of two performers whose comedy derives from the collision of two very different minds trying to perform in the same show. One is a former scientist, and the other a slapstick madman. Juggling, whip cracking, unicycles and a large rocket launcher all make an appearance in this Odd Couple meets the circus spectacular.
SMIRK presents new vaudeville through the lens of comedy and an Abbott and Costello-style relationship. The buddy comedy of physical comedian Reid Belstock and innovative, juggling ace Warren Hammond is based on two of theater's oldest archetypes—the straight man and the goofball. Many people juggle, but what makes a SMIRK show special is the dynamic relationship that emerges through their characters. The friendship (and the show itself) is tested as their antics become increasingly at odds with each other. At the perfect pivotal moment, they come together for a finale that delivers their biggest, craziest and most amazing stunt yet!
Described as "A nicely matched pair of performers with a deep bag of tricks," by Juggle Magazine, their juggling and slapstick shenanigans explode off the stage to fill the largest auditorium. Their work has earned them multiple awards, including the 2009 and 2011 Silver Medal in the World Juggling Championships Team competitions.
SMIRK offers a main stage performance that is 90 minutes and shorter versions of the show can be adapted for educational and community outreach. Offerings include sensory friendly performances, juggling workshops and STEAM workshops that incorporate the scientific principles of juggling. Excerpts from the full show can be scaled to fit any type of space.