The Flying Karamazov Brothers aren't Russian. They aren't brothers. And they certainly don't fly. Misnomers aside, this four-member comedy troupe is as wacky as their name implies. A zany combination of theater, comedy, music and juggling (with objects as diverse as bowling balls and chain saws) with a bit of philosophy thrown in for good measure, The Flying Karamazov Brothers are the most enduring, immensely popular and unique phenomena performing today.
They christened themselves The Flying Karamazov Brothers after seeing similarities between themselves and the characters in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel "The Brothers Karamazov," and each chose a Russian stage name.After spending several years performing on the street and in smaller venues, The Flying Karamazov Brothers graduated to performing in more established theaters, and their professional debut in the Goodman Theater in Chicago in 1980 helped launch the Karamazovs onto the national scene.