Acknowledging America's rich vaudeville tradition, Charlie Frye & Company synthesize virtuosic skills and a passionate love of their art into something classic yet undeniably fresh -- something that astounds even as it entertains.
For the last twenty-odd years (some odder than others), Charlie and his wife Sherry have been delighting audiences worldwide with their singular blend of silent comedy, magic, juggling, slapstick, and acrobatics. Charlie is often compared to classic comedians such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel and Dick Van Dyke.
He plays the rubber-faced, put-upon juggler/magician. Sherry plays his elaborately bored, beautiful assistant.
Charlie amazes; Sherry yawns.
Together, they have thrilled audiences around the world --Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia -- in many exotic venues. Return engagements are common; so are appearances before distinguished audiences such as the Royal family of Monaco, and the Sultan of Malaysia. Besides being one of the world’s most sought after American specialty acts, they are also in constant demand throughout the United States, where they were named Las Vegas’ Specialty Act of the Year for their star billing in the Folies Bergere. Other prestigious appearances have included opening for Liza Minnelli, starring in the internationally syndicated television special, "The World's Top Shows", and a featured appearance in Tom Hanks' film, "That Thing You Do."
Recent honors include the coveted 2015 Ken Dodd Comedy Award in England, and the 2015 Award of Excellence from the International Jugglers’ Association
Charlie Frye’s first desire was to grow up to be Batman. But since that didn’t work out, he chose to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who were both clowns. Right away, he knew that he had some pretty big shoes to fill.
Running away and joining the circus, he soon met Sherry who was a showgirl, aerialist, and classically trained ballerina. Her studies began at age 14 when she was accepted to the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts. It wasn’t long before she hung up her pointe shoes to join forces with Charlie, who left the sawdust behind after Lou Jacobs -- one of the world’s greatest clowns -- told him that it was time to strike out on his own.
For a short while, Charlie performed on the streets of New York City, laying the groundwork for an act that was soon to land them on the stages of Nevada’s top casinos. Shortly after arriving in Las Vegas, they became close friends with the legendary George Carl who was to become their most ardent supporter. Other inspiring friendships were soon to follow, and perhaps it is this connection to the greats of the past, and his close relationships to the best of today, that has enabled Charlie to become a variety artist of unmatched skill and mastery. Renowned throughout the world for the versatility of his talent, when it comes to combining world class juggling, sleight of hand, and physical comedy, no one does it better.
In the words of David Blaine -- “Charlie’s f#%king amazing.”
“I highly recommend them. One thing for sure, once you see them you will never forget them.” Uri Geller
Whether it’s theatre, showrooms, television, or corporate events, Charlie Frye & Company never fails to keep audiences laughing and applauding all at once.