Sedona, AZ - May 25, 2006 - Whacky Music, Inc., announced today that its award-winning Boomwhackers® Tuned Percussion Tubes were featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday night, May 18th. This performance by the comedy juggling duo, In Capable Hands, is the first nationally televised performance featuring Boomwhackers musical tubes on American television.
Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw, who perform together as In Capable Hands, played a humorously choreographed rendition of the well-known William Tell Overture as part of a popular Tonight Show segment entitled “Does This Impress Ed Asner?”. Their routine featured wearing hard hats on which the musical tubes were played and balloons that were struck at strategic points in the song. The performance concluded with resounding applause from the studio audience and Ed Asner stating that he was “very impressed.” A somewhat longer version of the routine that was submitted to the Tonight Show can be viewed at www.youtube.com by searching for “Whacked William Tell.”
"I really love this routine,” states Craig Ramsell, company president and inventor of Boomwhackers musical tubes. “It’s really fun for us to see how creative people get with the tubes, and we hope this is just the first of many televised performances that continue to demonstrate the tubes’ versatility and musicality. Steve and Kobi are to be commended for their creativity, sense of humor and performance skills."
Russell and Shaw come from an extensive and varied background of performing. Both are graduates of Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Clown College, and Russell has trained over 100 Ringling Bros. clowns in juggling and clowning. They have performed all over the country and numerous international locations. They have previously appeared on Good Morning America and Nickelodeon prior to discovering Boomwhackers tubes. They are married and have been a juggling duo since 1996.
First introduced in 1995, the patented Boomwhackers musical tubes are unique instruments made of brightly colored plastic and tuned by length to different musical notes. They are a favorite of music educators around the world and were named one of the Best 25 Toys in 25 Years by Parents’ Choice Foundation. Whacky Music has sold more than 4 million Boomwhackers tubes worldwide.