David J. Hirschi (Slim Chance)



Slim Chance® learned to juggle at the age of fifteen. However, he began his professional life as a science teacher. Slim attended Virginia Tech where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude. Following graduation, he worked as an education specialist for the National Park Service in Maine and Utah, The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and Point Reyes Bird Observatory in California. While teaching science, Slim worked as an actor in theatrical productions, and a TV mini-series The Murder of Mary Phagan with Jack Lemmon. He also honed his juggling skills with appearances at Busch Gardens Theme Park and Disney World. Slim’s unique combination of theatrical experience and science education led to six years of writing, directing, and producing large-scale, science shows for The Science Museum of Virginia and The Science Museum of Minnesota.


In 1991, Slim switched gears and moved to Las Vegas to perform as a juggler and comedian, polishing his act at the Excalibur, Maxim, Sands and Aladdin hotels. In 1994 he joined the Country Tonite Theater in Branson, Missouri and garnered two Comedian of the Year Awards. In 1998 he teamed with Yakov Smirnoff at his theater in Branson. The duo created The Yakov Smirnoff Show, with Slim serving as Writer, Director, Performer and Co-Producer. When Yakov wanted to create a one-man show for New York, he brought Slim on board to serve as the Creative Producer. In 2003, As Long As We Both Shall Laugh debuted on Broadway.


After thirteen years in Branson, Slim moved to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. For the next four years he performed at The Comedy Barn Theater before moving to The Smoky Mountain Opry. Now as the featured comedian in Iconic, Slim continues to polish his juggling skills as well as writing new material to entertain and convulse his loyal fans. Visit: