Episode 517. Flying Karamazov Brothers

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90The Flying Karamazov Brothers are the legendary band of jugglers and comedians, founded in 1973 by Paul Magid and Howard Patterson, who started performing at ren faires and busking in Santa Cruz before touring internationally and performing on Broadway, most notably in their seminal Lincoln Center production of The Comedy of Errors. Sam Williams, aka “Smerdyakov Karamazov” (top right), chats with us about the Flying K’s origins, close brushes with giving up show business, the “Jump-Rope of Death,” becoming Olympic cultural representatives, the origins of the expression “new vaudeville”, and tales of Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito, and Jewel of the Nile. (UPDATE: We were devastated to hear that Sam died not two weeks after we posted this interview. Our new old friend went way too soon. Hear more conversation with Sam here.) (Length 22:33)


Will Palaia · December 31, 2016 at 11:48 am

Safe travels, Smerdyakov.

[email protected] · November 20, 2016 at 10:22 pm

My heart hurts, he was our family

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