Bio

Christopher A. (C.A.) Nicola is a performance artist, actor, poet, musician and composer from Long Island, NY. His training in clowning and improv has helped shape his unique style of performance art. Taking great influence from his idol Andy Kaufman, C.A. has amused audiences with his engaging and whimsical performances. Audiences are left in mystery not knowing what to expect from each performance as he portrays multiple different characters.

C.A. has created many original characters, along with existing fictional characters with his unique spin on them. Many of his characters are inspired by his love of professional wrestling, vaudeville, 1970’s-1980’s pop culture, commedia dell’arte, British humor, and his favorite sitcoms from childhood.

C.A. is continuing to grow as a performer by studying multiple disciplines of performing arts, and always thinking outside the box. Stay tuned!

Height: 5’ 11”  Weight: 175 lbs.  Eyes: Brown  Hair: Dark Brown

Training

Actor

Beginners Acting Class I, The Basics (The Barrow Group)
Physical Comedy Intensive Workshop I (Hilary Chaplain)
Physical Comedy Intensive Workshop II (Hilary Chaplain)
Improv, Animated Body Workshop (Amy Larimer)
Stage Combat Workshop (The Barrow Group)
Physical Comedy (Mik Kuhlman)
Pantomime (Mik Kuhlman)

Clown

Introduction to Clown (Sarah Petersiel)
Social Clown (Olivier-Hugues Terrault)

Skills

Physical Comedy, Clown, Improvisation, Performance Poetry, Guitar, Violin, British Accent, Brooklyn Accent, Southern Accent

Testimonials

“Chris Nicola's performances foil your expectations, forging unique, immersive experiences for audiences that embrace humor and absurdity. Incorporating such unique techniques as clowning, physical comedy, performance art, costume, and poetry, Nicola’s performances stretch time and bend reality.”

Courtney Surmanek

“Truly original in his Kaufmanesque interpretations and unique and amazing Performance Art presentations...C.A. Nicola is truly a Long Island (and beyond!) sensation. Every nuance uniquely crafted and classically inspired. A Performer that comes along only once in a generation. It is an honor to know and support his timeless work.”

Kelly Powell

“A genuine disciple of the Andy Kaufman school of comedy and performance, Christopher Nicola is a unique and enthralling entertainer. He always gives the audience a show they can enjoy, relate to, and engage in. Every audience member learns how to laugh again through Nicola's interactive sketches.”

Danielle Davis, Artistic Director & Soprano, Opera Night Long Island

C.A.’s Mission
To bring levity to the local arts scene through modern vaudeville performances. Seeking performers of all kinds including jugglers, contortionists, magicians, acrobats, burlesque performers, clowns, etc. Looking to create variety shows of comedy skits, dance numbers, traditional vaudeville and burlesque acts in a fun and safe environment.