11-year-old professional knife thrower from Dayton to be on NBC show

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – One of the world’s youngest professional knife throwers lives in the Miami Valley and this Sunday he’ll be featured on the NBC show Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots.

Most 11-year-olds might be used to throwing around a baseball or football, but that’s not the case for Grennan Bartlett-Nealeigh. He says he was born to be a professional knife thrower.

“At first it was just kind of like a hobby,” Grennan said. “And then we got it on video and people starting like re-posting.”

That was back when Grennan was 5-years-old. Since, he’s been perfecting his craft, so much so that he caught the attention of the NBC hit show Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots.

“Steve Harvey is a really nice guy,” Grennan said. “He’s really nice. He’s really funny. Just the way he acts is super cool.”

On stage, Grennan is known as ‘Grennan the Green Monster’. Part of his act act involves his little sister 9-year-old Charlotte.

“I wanted to do an act in the show and they said you have to stand up against the board,” Charlotte said. “So I just said yes and it worked out.”

“She’s the bravest little girl,” Grennan said. “In 3 continents.”

Grennan said that through it all his parents have been his biggest supporters. They happen to be aside show performers themselves.

“We’ve been running a side show for the past 15 years,” Alice Bartlett said. “And our kids have grown up with it and they see and they taken they’re first step on stage. They’ve had opportunities to perform and practice and work with some of the biggest western arts performers in the county.”

Grennan claims he’s never missed a target and never will. So he asked me to sub-in for his sister Charlotte.

The episode airs Sunday, April 9th at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.



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