Starring Jean Saucier & Patrick Côté
Unpredictable thrills, side-splitting comedy and daredevil stunts are the signature style of CIRCO COMEDIA starring the fantastic duo Jean Saucier & Patrick Cote from Montreal - performing their distinctive style of humour, acrobatic tricks, daring feats, magic and eccentricity.
Following in the tradition of the Quebec Circus, Jean Saucier, master equilibrist, juggler, trick cyclist, acrobat and magician performs his feats from dizzying heights while Patrick Côté, burlesque clown, expert roller skater and drummer, innocently tries his best to be the (imperfect) assistant. This is family entertainment at its finest! Deliriously funny - filled with unforgettable moments.
A unicycle launched the career of Jean Saucier. At age 11, Jean cut a curious figure in his native Montreal when he delivered newspapers atop his one-wheeler. Mostly self-taught until the age of 18, Jean attended the École National du Cirque de Montréal. Cirque du Soleil noticed his talent and hired him. In 1987, Jean Saucier was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Festival du Cirque de Demain in Paris, France for his bicycle routine together with his performing ensemble. Since then, much has changed as he discovered that he was destined to be a “Straight Man” - the serious side of comedy.
From 1999 to 2006, Jean performed with his first Circo Comedia partner, Lawrence Smythe, touring extensively throughout the United States at performing art centers, festivals, and fairs from Maine to Florida and from Alaska to Texas, thrilling and entertaining audiences everywhere. Touring highlights included The Philadelphia Festival Theater for Children, Alaska Junior Theatre (Anchorage), Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (West Palm Beach, FL), Smithsonian Institute (Washington, DC), Carpenter Center (Long Beach, CA), The John F. Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Pittsburgh International Children's Festival and Flint Hills International Children’s Festival (St. Paul, MN). In their native country of Canada, Circo Comedia performed at all the major International Children’s Festivals - Calgary, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Regina and Winnipeg as well as many comedy festivals and casinos in Montréal and Las Vegas. International touring included performances in Japan, France, Honk Kong, Italy, Mexico and Hungary.
In 2004, Jean Saucier began performing with acrobat/stuntman/drummer/roller skater Patrick Côté in Québec theaters, festivals, schools and specials events. In 2005, Jean & Patrick won the First Prize (Public Choice) at the Mondial des Amuseurs of Trois–Rivières Festival, (Quebec).
Together, Jean and Patrick are taking the acrobatics, clowning and theatrics of Circo Comedia that audiences have grown to know and love, to new “heights”!
Jean Saucier is delighted to introduce North American audiences to his very gifted and talented new partner Patrick Côté.
Patrick Côté is a comic stuntman, an expert on roller skates and a formidable drummer. While training as a gymnast and acrobat at Montreal's National Circus School (École Nationale de Cirque) in 1989, Patrick discovered a passion for burlesque stunts and created his own lexicon of unique, humorous and spectacular moves, becoming a true artist in the genre of physical comedy. Also in the late 1980’s, Patrick created his well known alter-ego/comic characters “PatPatinFou” for La Maison Hantée (The Haunted House) and “Le Baron Fou”, which he incorporated into 2,500 performances over a ten-year period. He continued to create several new characters for projects such as the Super Cirque, Cirque Comik, Cirque National des Clowns, Cirque du Soleil and the Fabuleux Cirque Estival tour. In 2005, he joined the troupe Les Parfaits Inconnus. Patrick is always ready to explore new horizons, stretching the limits of convention, creating suspense, and playing the absurd with finesse.
Wow – what an incredibly entertaining, hilarious and high quality performance. Audience members of all ages continue to rave about Circo Comedia. This is family entertainment at its best! Furthermore, Jean and Patrick were a joy to work with from the advance through load-out. We are certain to invite them back in the future.
- Director, Interlochen Presents, Interlochen, MI
“Circus act small on performers, large on laughs. How small can a circus be? No smaller than the Circo Comedia duo, surely, two partners who mix legitimate physical dexterity and bad boy clowning for 60 some minutes of one-ring (half-ring?) entertainment.”
“Their fast paced entertaining show was an adventure for all ages. The show, full of non-stop side-splitting comedy, and dare-devil stunts and tricks was enjoyed by the sell-out crowd who found it hard not to laugh, as the talented duo reached out to involve the audience in their routines.”
-Standard Free Holder, Cornwall Ontario
“Don’t be surprised if your kid says: “Wow, I want to be a clown”.”
“Circo Comedia mixes circus stunts and magic with “Laurel and Hardy” type antics.”
"Playing to sold-out houses full of enthusiastic patrons, CIRCO COMEDIA is a comic vaudevillian duo that does so much more than juggle. They're wacky, humorously chaotic and perfect for anyone who loves to laugh!" - Kate Newby - Artistic Producer - The Calgary International Children's Festival
“CIRCO COMEDIA is that rare combination of superstar talent and genuine improvisational skill. The show is dazzling, exciting, and profoundly engaging for every member of the audience. The show more than deserved its standing ovation!” - Catherine O’Grady - Artistic Producer - Ottawa Children’s Festival
Thank you for visiting us in Vermont yesterday. My son, 6 years old, and I really loved your show. My face hurt from laughing so much! We'd come back to see you again anytime. -Jim Mirenda, Woodstock, VT.
Hello Mr. Saucier,
My name is Emily Handy and i was at your show yesterday in Woodstock, VT. After the show when you were sighning autographs my brother Jake, my dad Mark, my mom Nancie, and I were talking to you and i had a green and brown shirt on with blue jeans. we drove to see you perform all the way from boston because we LOVE the show also because you men were so FUNNY !!!!!!!!!! and there really was allot of DANGER !!!!!!! we were also some of the last people you saw after the show !!!!!!!!! we were also there at the end of the show to see the little girl on her daddys shoulders, that was awsome !!!!! We will ceep track of your performing scedual. - your #1 fan from Boston,