Local Legends is the Alchemy Comedy Theater's flagship weekly improv show. Every Friday night at 9:00pm, a different local legend (person of note) tells their own local legends (personal stories) to inspire this fully improvised show.
Charles J. Russ was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in Greenville, South Carolina where he graduated from Wade Hampton High School. During his senior year he was a state champion wrestler and a starting striker on the state champion soccer team.
Upon graduation, Charles continued his wrestling career and graduated in 2002 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, with a BS in Engineering Management and a Field of Study in Civil Engineering. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant into the United States Army in 2002.
Charles attended several Army schools, including the Air Defense Officer Basic Course, Air Assault School, Airborne School, and the Bradley Mechanized Leader's Course. He joined his first unit in Baghdad, Iraq in June of 2003, where he served as a platoon leader for 12 months. He returned to Germany to serve as the Detachment Commander for Task Force Falcon and the OIC for the deactivation of his old unit. His other assignments include Battery Executive Officer (Delta Battery, 5-7 ADA), Battalion Logistics Officer (5-7 ADA), NATO Plans Officer (EADTF), and Plans Officer (357th AMDD).
In June of 2007, Charles also completed his Masters of Management with the University of Phoenix.
After working for 11 months part-time as a Financial Advisor, Charles received an honorable discharge in June of 2009, when he began his full-time career as an Investment Advisor Representative at Intervest International Incorporated.
In April of 2017, Charles began his own personal branch and brand at Intervest with R-axis Financial Planning and Investments. He is now working with clients all over the U.S., as well as with U.S. expatriates and American military personnel living abroad. He offers comprehensive financial plans that include personal savings and budget management, investments, and detailed risk management strategies.
Charles launched his next venture in September of 2018 with the opening of a new downtown 24-hour fitness facility, Catalyst Gym. The location is home to some of the Upstate’s best trainers and serves people in the community at all fitness levels! Charles feels that fitness parallels life as whole and believes that by making a positive change in fitness habits, other parts of life can slowly begin to improve as well.
Charles has also dabbled in the world of professional modeling having been a part of various photo shoots and runway shows in Germany and the US in cities such as Charlotte, Atlanta, and Indianapolis as well as right here at home in the Upstate of South Carolina.
Charles often serves at various venues as a motivational and educational speaker. He is a member at Israel Metropolitan CME Church, and is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 9534) and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). He is based out of Greenville, SC.
In his spare time Charles enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with his identical twin sons, Brooks and Bradley.