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The New 42nd Street Presents at The New Victory Theater The Flaming Idiots in Chestnuts Roasting on The Flaming Idiots

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2009 — For its highly anticipated holiday show, the New Vic welcomes back long-time favorites The Flaming Idiots in the new Chestnuts Roasting on The Flaming Idiots, which will run at The New Victory from December 4, 2009, through January 3, 2010.

Chestnuts Roasting on The Flaming Idiots represents a happy and unexpected reunion for the madcap comedians, who performed what was supposed to be their "very last show ever" at The New Victory in 2004. But lucky for New York audiences the hiatus is over! In this buffoonery-filled neo-vaudevillian variety show, Gyro, Pyro and Walter bring some of their signature acts back to the New Vic — beanbag chair juggling, balloon swallowing, and flaming torch juggling — along with a goody bag full of zany new antics.

Performance Schedule

Fri — 12/4 — 7pm
Sat — 12/5 — 2pm, 7pm
Fri — 12/11 — 7pm*
Sat — 12/12 — 2pm, 7 pm
Sun — 12/13 — 12pm, 5pm#
Fri — 12/18 — 7pm
Sat — 12/19 — 2pm, 7pm
Sun — 12/20 — 12pm, 5pm
Wed — 12/23 — 2pm, 7pm
Thu — 12/24 — 2pm
Sat — 12/26 — 2pm, 7pm
Sun — 12/27 — 12pm, 5pm
Tue — 12/29 — 2pm
Wed — 12/30 — 2pm, 7pm
Thu — 12/31 — 2pm
Sat — 1/2 — 2pm, 7pm
Sun — 1/3 — 12pm, 5pm

*indicates sign-interpreted performance. # indicates Talk-back following the performance.

Ticket Information

Holiday show tickets for members cost $35 (orchestra), $21 (mezzanine) and $10.50 (balcony). Tickets for non-members cost $50 (orchestra), $30 (mezzanine) and $15 (balcony).

On sale now

  • ONLINE at
  • BY PHONE at 646-223-3010; Monday-Friday 12 noon-8 pm; Saturday 10 am-8 pm; Sunday 10 am-5 pm
  • IN PERSON at The New Victory Theater Box Office; Box office hours: Sunday & Monday 11 am-5 pm; Tuesday-Saturday 12 noon-7 pm

About The Flaming Idiots

The Flaming Idiots are a comedy juggling trio featuring Jon O'Connor, Rob Williams and Kevin Hunt — otherwise known as Pyro, Gyro and Walter. The Flaming Idiots gained popularity in the 1980s by street performing and traveling the renaissance faire circuit. In 2000, they replaced the renaissance-related theme of their show with a neo-vaudeville motif, basing their performances on juggling and object manipulation with an emphasis on comedy. They became known for such signature routines as juggling beanbag chairs, balloon swallowing, escaping from intertwined straight jackets, and juggling with flaming torches and knives. Gyro, in particular, became known for his uncanny ability to assemble a bologna sandwich with his feet — a trick which landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records and an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."


Laura Kaplow-Goldman (646) 223-3065
Allison Mui (646) 223-3067

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