He’s dashing, debonair and fluent in at least six languages.
He has escaped the insides of balloons and rollerbladed on the Late Show with David Letterman. He’s honked out Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in a space suit of bicycle horns. Brandishing water pistols, he can coax household crockery into chiming Mozart and “Happy Birthday” alike.
He is Michel Lauzière, the master of unusual comedy.
And at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, he will bring his singularly inventive one-man-show to WUSTL’s Edison Theatre as part of the ovations for young people series.
The Master of Unusual Comedy
A combination of inventor, acrobat, comedian and musician, Lauzière began performing at the age of 15 and, within a few years, hit the international circuit as the straight-man in a popular comedy duo.
Lauzière began his solo career in 1989 and quickly earned rave reviews for his uncanny ability to transform virtually anything — dishes, empty bottles and even audience members — into musical instruments. A virtuoso one-man-band, he can pound out “We Will Rock You” and “I Love Rock ’n Roll” with guitar in hand and drum sticks strapped to his head.
To date, Lauzière has performed in more than 400 cities in 50 countries on five continents. He has appeared on more than 75 television variety shows across Asia, Europe and North and South America. In addition to Letterman, he has been featured on The Tonight Show and The Jerry Lewis Telethon, as well as on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central.
“His inventions are marvels of simplicity, recycled everyday objects that transform form and function into an entertaining enterprise,” notes the Los Angeles Times, while The Ottawa Sun calls Lauzière “delightful” and “an inventive, winningly relaxed performer.”
Tickets and sponsors
“Michel Lauzière, the Master of Unusual Comedy” will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in Edison Theatre. Tickets are $12.
Tickets are available at the Edison Box Office and through all MetroTix outlets. Edison Theatre is located in the Mallinckrodt Center, 6445 Forsyth Blvd.
Edison programs are made possible with support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; the Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis; and private contributors.