About Us

The Silly People - Phil LeConte and Colin Franks

The Silly People are made up of one part Phil LeConte, one part Colin Franks, and three parts fun. Their youthful good looks make it hard to believe that Phil and Colin have been working together for almost twenty years.

Hailing from Kitchener-Waterloo, the Silly People and their prop case have travelled the globe, performing in more than twenty countries on five continents. Comedy, juggling, diabolo, yo-yo, balloon art, fire manipulation and workshops are just some of the skills they have perfected over the past two decades.

From stage shows to street theatre, corporate events to kids' festivals, the Silly People have the ability to fit almost any venue or audience. As producers of the Waterloo Arts Festival and the Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival, the Silly People have learned what it takes to create a fun and successful event.

Silly Phil and Silly Colin have been vaccinated in accordance to the Government of Canada’s health recommendations.

What We Do

  • Events & Productions
  • Workshops
    • Juggling
    • Yo Yos
    • Diabolos (Chinese Yo-yos)
    • Workshops - Balloon Art
    • Silly Circus Camps
  • Shows
    • Free Style Variety
    • Human Piñata
    • MC's
    • Proctor and Gamble
    • 2 Guys with Wood
    • Silly Phil Show


Festival Experience

Arcade Days-Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 2001
Artsplosure-NC, USA, 2003
Ashbourne Street Festival, UK, 2013
Brockville Riverfest-ON, 1999
Brockville Busker Festival-ON, 2002
Burlington Balloonfest-ON, 1998
Burlington Kids Festival-ON, 1999
Buskers On The Bordwalk, Saint John-NB, 2001 & 2006, 2014
Calgary International Children's Festival-AB, 2007
Canada Day Celebration, Midland, ON, 2012
Canada Day Celebration, Niagara O.T.L.-ON, 1998 & 2000
Canada Day Celebration, Town of Edson, AB, 2010
Canada Day Celebration, Waterloo, 2015, 2017
Canmore Children's Festival-Alberta 2006 & 2010
Calyspo Days, Kincardine, ON 2005 & 2006
Carnival de Cadiz-Spain, 1998 & 2000
Capetown International Comedy Festival, South Africa, 2008
Civic Centre, Reading-UK, 1999
Charlottetown Festival of Lights-PEI, 2001
Clear Lake Children's Festival-Manitoba, 2005
Cobourg Buskers Festival, ON, 2012
Coffs Harbour Busker Festival-Australia 2004 & 2005, & 2012
* Winner of "Best Busker Sunrise TV" - 2005
Deep River Summer Festival, ON 2004
Delhi Harvest Festival, ON, 2000-2003
Denver International Performers Festival-CO, USA, 2002
Drumbo Fair Fall, ON, 1998 & 1999
Dundas Buskingfest, ON, 1998-2000 & 2002 - 2003, & 2012
Easton Buskers Series-Columbus, Ohio, USA, 2001-2003
Edmonton Int'l Street Performers-AB, 2001 & 2003-2011, 2013
* Recipient of The Golden Finkelini Award - 2010
Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, ON, 1998 & 2000
Festival of Friends-Hamilton, ON, 1998-2000
Gaulker Festival-Interlaken,Switzerland, 2014
Glastonbury Performing Arts Festival, UK, 2013
Goderich Childern's Festival, ON
Grand Falls Salmon Festival, NFLD, 2002
Grande Prairie Street Festival, AB, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011
Heart Of The City Buskfest - Auckland, New Zealand, 2002
Halifax Int'l Busker Festival-NS, 2001,2003, 2011, 2018
Ithaca Summer Festival, NY, 2003
Jack Frost Children's Fest, Charlottetown, PEI., 2005
Jozi International Comedy Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2008
Kidspark-Kitchener, ON, 2005 & 2009
Kingston Busker Rendezvous, Kingston, ON, 1999 & 2000 & 2002
* Winner of "Best Novelty Act" - 2002
Kitchener Oktoberfest, ON, 1994-2002, 2011
Kelowna Life & Arts Festival, British Columbia, 2005 & 2006
Lakealive, Guelph, ON, 2003 & 2004
Lilac Festival-Calgary, Alberta, 2001
Longest Days Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon, 2006
London International Children's Festival, ON, 1999
London Street Performers Festival 1998
Los Ramblas, Barcelona-Spain, 1998 & 2000
Mississauga Waterfront Festival, ON, 2003 & 2004
Nelson Buskerfest- New Zealand, 2002
Nelson Int'l Street Performers Arts Festival-BC, 2001
Northern Alberta Children's Festival, 2005-2011
Okanogan Int'l Children's Festival, B.C., 2005 & 2010
Oklahoma City Festival Of The Arts, USA, 2008
Orangeville International Busker Festival, ON, 2004
Ottawa Int'l Busker Festival, ON, 1999 & 2000 & 2003
Ottawa Int'l Children's Festival, ON, 2013 -2014
Pacific National Exibition, Vancouver, BC, 2010
Parry Sound Canada Day Celebration, ON, 2004
Plattsville Fall Fair, ON, 1998-1999
Port Credit Biskers Festival, ON, 2011 & 2013
Port Elgin Beach Party, ON, 2012
Red Deer Street Festival, AB, 2003 & 2008
Saskatoon International Children's Festival-SK 2004 & 2006, 2014
Sherwsbury International Street Theatre Festival-UK, 2007
Singapore River Buskerfest, 2000 & 2002
Spraoi Festival, Waterford City, Ireland, 2008
Spruce Groove Busker Festival-AB, 2003 & 2005
St. John's Busker Festival-NFLD, 2010
Streets Alive Festival, Owen Sound, 2012 & 2013
Sydney Streetfest-NS, 2001, 2011
Toronto Int'l Buskers Festival, ON, 2002 & 2004-2005
Truckfest, Kitchener, ON, 1993-1998
Virginia Beach Street Series, VA, 2002
Walkerton Busker Festival, ON, 2007
Water Fire-Providence, Rhode Island, 2001
Waterloo Buskerfest-ON, 1995-2004, 2008
Waterloo Jazz Festival, ON 1998 & 1999 & 2001
Wellington Busker Olympics, New Zealand, 2002
Windscape Kite Festival, Swif Current, Sask., 2010
Windsor Int'l Busker Festival, ON 1999 & 2000 & 2002
Winnipeg Int'l Children's Festival, MB 2004, 2009, 2011, 2014
Winnipeg Fringe Festival, MB 2004
Woodstock Street Festival, ON, 1998&2005
Woodstock Cowapolooza, ON, 2004
World Int'l Festival of Nations, Jacksonville, FL 2005 & 2006

Corporate Experience

Blue Mountain, Collingwood
Borders Books
Bingeman Park Inc.
Bruce Nuclear Power
Campbell's Foods
Cambridge Centre
Cambridge Libraries
Canadian Diabetes Association
Chapters Books
Country Hills Dance Program
Cypress Pointe Resort, Lake Buena Vista-FL, USA
Dalsa Inc.
Dare Foods
Eastgate Square Mall
Easton Town Centre- Ohio, USA
Elbow River Casino, Calgary-AB
Elmira Raceway
EMI Music Canada
\FirePower Kids
Honest Lawyer
HMV Canada
Jack Astors
K-W Rotary Club
Kitchener Business Association
Kitchener Public Library
Kuntz Electroplating
Mussel Inn- New Zealand
Nissan Finance of Canada
Pillar's Meats
Pizza Hut
RIM Park
Second City Late Night Cabaret
Sony Music Canada
TD Canada Trust
Toronto Eaton's Centre
Toronto Public Library
Waterloo Regional Board of Education
Waterloo Business Association
Waterloo "Busker" Camp
Winnipeg C.A.M.P.
Woodstock Business Association
YMCA Camps

Media Experience

570 CHYM am talk radio
Brockville Recorder & Times
Breakfast Television, Halifax
CBC Radio
CFPL, London
CJOH, Ottawa
CKCO, Kitchener
Calgary Herald
Channel A, Edmonton "Breakfast Television"
Channel A, Winnipeg "Breakfast Television"
City TV
Crossroads Network 
Eyewitness News, Jacksonville, Florida
Global News
Globe and Mail
Hamilton Spectator
It's A Living, CBC Television
Jugglers World Magazine
K-Rock 105.7, Kingston
Kingston Whig-Standard
Kitchener-Waterloo Record
K-W Extra
Mass Appeal, Bravo
New Zealand Herald
Nelson Mail, New Zealand
Rogers Cable, Kitchener
Rogers Cable, Ottawa
Shaw News Edmonton
Sunrise Television, Australia
Street Theatre - documentary
TV1 - New Zealand
Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean on CBC
Waterloo Chronicle
Windsor Star
Winnipeg Free Press

Schools & Colleges

Bluevale Collegiate, Waterloo
Brock University
Cambrian College
Conestoga College
Eastwood Collegiate Institute, Kitchener
Elizabeth Ziegler Public School, Kitchener
Fanshawe College
Gold Cost School Tour, Australia
Howard Robertson Public School, Kitchener
Lincoln Public School
Niagara College
Shepard Public School, Kitchener
Sir Wilfred Laurier University
Southwood Collegiate Institute
Sutherland College
University of Waterloo

Silly Circus Camp

Orillia, ON
New Tecumseth, ON
Bruce Power Beach Party
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
St. Albert International Childrens Festival

Rock Stars and Other Experience

SuperBowl XXXIX, 2005, Jacksonville, Florida
10th Annual International Juggling Festival- New Zealand
Circus and Magic Partnership - C.A.M.P. - Manitoba, 2001 - present
CKCO's Final Round
Deep River Summer Festival 2004 with Sloan & The Arrogant Worms
K-W Arts Awards-ON, 2005
* Performing Artist Nominee
Matchbox Twenty, Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
Mother Goose Pantomime - Theatre Athena
Summer Splash 2002 with Our Lady Peace, David Usher & Colin James
Stuart McLean Live, Banff, Alberta
Vinyl Cafe, Canadian tour
Ong Teng Chong, former President of Singapore
Waterloo Juggling Festival


listen to the podcast

"The Sun Also Sweats"

Part I of a radio play written by and featuring Randy Johnston

Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean

Live in Banff, Alberta - 2003