Mark Nizer will bring his unique blend of original comedy, world-class juggling, movement, music and technology to Western Carolina University on Friday, Jan. 28, as part of the 2010-11 Galaxy of Stars Series.
The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in WCU’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Nizer, whose shows have been called “ nothing less than brilliant” by Performance Magazine, has appeared on “Just for Laughs” on HBO, “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “Bob Hope and Other Young Comedians,” “Comic Strip Live” and “L.A. Law.” He has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, George Burns, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles and Barry Manilow.
Nizer has been known to launch a handful of pingpong balls some 20 feet into the air, then juggle them with his mouth. He makes music with computer gadgets that enable him to bounce a ball on his head and have the bounce register for the audience as a plink, a thud a boink or some other sound effect programmed into the device. The winner of the prestigious International Juggling Championships, Nizer juggles the unlikely combination of a 16-pound bowling ball, a lit propane torch and a buzzing chain saw. He often adds electric carving knives – after they've been turned on – and juggles four brilliant lasers at 1,000 revolutions per minute, with the spinning beams dancing just above the spectators’ heads.
Tickets for the Jan. 28 performance are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, and $5 for students and children. A rate of $15 per person is available for groups of 15 or more. For tickets or additional information, call 828-227-2479 or go online to www.wcu.edu/fapac.
The Galaxy of Stars series debuted in 2005 with the opening of the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Since then, FAPAC has seen more than 100,000 visitors and has earned a position as a premier arts and entertainment venue in Western North Carolina.