So, you’ve never seen Marty Coffey? As Marty says he is “….quite famous. It’s just that a lot of people haven’t seen me yet.” In fact most Australians have at some stage seen Marty perform, as he has appeared on every major television variety show in the country. He is perhaps best known for causing a furor on Ray Martin’s Midday Show when he pretended to juggle two live kittens with a running chainsaw, upsetting many short sighted home viewers… all in the name of comedy.
Marty’s act is a clever combination of spectacular juggling, fire eating and death defying feats, all wrapped up with non-stop humour. Among his routines is the uproarious apple, bowling ball and egg juggle where he eats the apple during the stunt. There is the “dangerous objects juggle” atop a two metre unicycle where Marty enlists the help of the audience in getting started. And of course he likes to finish on his now famous chainsaw juggle (sans kittens for the stage act!).
With or without cats his deftness for combining hilarious patter, visual surprise gags and tension building stunts always keeps the audience on the edge of their seats.
Marty Coffey certainly has a sensational approach to comedy basing it around juggling; or a sensational approach to juggling basing it around comedy.
Whichever way you look at it Marty Coffey has a sensational comedy act.
Marty’s credits include the highly successful 1987 national capital tour of the Broadway musical Sugar Babies. Critics said he “stole the show” when he performed his solo spot directly before finale, and called him “Australia’s funniest American juggler”.
With his high impact thirty minute show Marty has always been in huge demand as a guest artist for Australia’s biggest touring acts. He has also supported international acts such as John Cougar Mellencamp, the Everly Brothers, Thelma Houston and Issac Hayes.
In more recent years Marty, now an Australian citizen, has become one of the most sought after comic performers in Australia’s corporate market, performing at events for Mercedes Benz, AMP, National Mutual, Sony, IBM, Commonwealth Bank and Elders just to name a few. He has entertained at private functions for Kerry Packer, John Singleton and Paul Keating.
This popularity is partly due to the large doses of side-splitting audience involvement, a real winner at functions from small groups to gala balls. It is also the powerful universal appeal and versatility of his show, an important feature when perfection and professionalism are the standards.
Just listen to what these people had to say!
“We wanted entertainment and he gave it!” - Ampol Limited
“Everyone who attended our dinner enjoyed Marty’s performance.” - Fletchers Fotographics
“Good sharp humour, easily accessible to all levels of sophistication.” - The Intermedia Group
“Provided a lot of fun and thrills. The audience involvement was great.” - Sportscene Australia
“He was a great entertainer and comedian; responded very well to the delegates.” - Travelforce Pty Ltd
“We have received terrific feedback from all of our attendees about the night, who all expressed their delight about Marty Coffey’s performance. We would have no hesitation in booking him again for future events.” - Kookaburra Challenge Pty Ltd
“I can only highly recommend Marty’s performance. He appealed to the audience perfectly and had a many standing ovations. Of course, it was a cocktail party.” - Com Tec Communications
“Best act I’ve seen around her in years. Really livens the place up.” - Circular Quay ticket vendor (1981)