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2011 – Joel Jeske’s I HAVE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE – Amuse Bouche

A Clown Experiment  of High Risk and Humiliation

Joel Jeske greeted the audience from behind his suitcase with title cards.

When the audience didn’t respond to his ‘Title Card” vocally he directed them to do so.

Joel handed out clip boards and pens to the audience members (Mask Maker Stanley Allan Sherman) and proceeded to time them.

An audience member (Triskelion Executive Director Abby Bender) helps Joel Jeske gets his balloons in his suit.

He certainly hasn’t done this before!


With helmut and glasses he is ready to take to the skies.

Singing a uke song with assistance from the audience holding his song book.

Joel Jeske is certainly a very funny man!

Grabbing another audience member by demonstratively pointing them out.

The show ended on a high note with a ‘pillow fight’ between audience members.

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Here is Joel performing “I Will Survive” at the Amuse Bouche.

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2011 – Channel One – Emily James and Ishah Janssen-Faith – Amuse Bouche

A warm and welcoming duo meet and greet the audience.

Ishah Janssen-Faith acting up in a character like fashion.

Emily James loves to blow bubbles at the audience in the “Bubble Buster’ piece.

Ishah Janssen-Faith as the sexy and delirious game show host ‘Monica’.

Emily James plays her ‘disconnected’ assistant.

When Monica gets going on her show you better watch out!

Emily James performs her wild and crazy accordion wielding Love Songstress.

Emily James performs her ‘mystic’ exorcist medium.

If you need a good laugh you should try and catch these two when they perform near you!


Written and performed by Emily James and Ishah Janssen-Faith

Creative Adviser: Richard Crawford

Writing Adviser: Elena Zucker

Lighting Designer: John Wilder

Seamstress: Elya Yerushalmy

Set Designers: Billy Schultz and Mike Campbell

Jingle Mix: Dewey Caddell

Title Card Artist: Marisa Manso

You can always find them here

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“What is Funny” A commentary by clown, physical comedian Joel Jeske

Joel Jeske will be performing his one man show I HAVE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE at the Amuse Bouche: NY Clown Theatre Festival presented at The Brick Theater. Tickets can be purchased here.

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2011 – Tivo la Resistance! – Logic Limited, Ltd’s at the NY Clown Theater Festival

Enter the theatre and a trio of performers greet you with Dunkin Donut ‘Munchkins’ and lemonade. They take your name and immediately affix a name tag on your clothing. A lovely greeting to be a member of the ‘Underground’ meeting soon to take place.

Philip (Chris Arruda) offers an audience member some lemonade upon entering the theatre.

Karen (Sandi Carroll) Philip, and Stuart(Brad Fraizier) facing off with the audience after an amazing rolling chair routine by Stuart.

Suddenly a ‘TOP SECRET’ box is lowered down to the stage from the skies mysteriously.

Out of the box Karen finds a ‘TOP SECRET’ tape. The other members look on.

Philip O’Hara (Chris Arruda) points to a member of the audience.

Karen (Sandi Carroll) practices some ordinary facial disguises for the audience to see.

The members try and hang a banner and it turns out to be not so easy.

Karen tries to recruit a new member into the group with not much luck.

In the dark with only helmut flashlights they search the stage for clues.

They take the well deserved ‘curtain call’.

This show was a wonderful change of pace for the festival.

Performed my Chris Arruda, Sandi Carroll and Brad Fraizer.

With additional direction by Jane Nichols and Matt Steiner.




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2011 “Morro and Jasp GONE WILD – NY Clown Theater Festival

Toronto duo Morro and Jasp are BACK!

And they are going WILD!

The show is a roller coaster ride for both the performers and the audience.

HIgh energy clown trip for spring break. One can only imagine what can happen?

I have illustrated the evening activities with a few choice photographs to give you an idea.

Using a frisbee as her steering wheel they begin their journey to the other side of reality.

A cell phone call sets Morro off.

Jasp looks for help when she realizes her traveling partner Morro has died. (so she thinks!)

Jasp tries to explain to the audience about her new found understanding of Maslow.

Morro demonstrates to Jasp her erotic love of Barbie.

Jasp tries to contain Morro’s wild energy bursts.

The audience has no time to rest as Jasp sits in an audience members lap.

Morro douces the tank tops with beer. Audience member stands by trying to stay dry.

Morro decides to enter a ‘wet t-shirt’ contest.

After all is said and done (the adventure finally ends!) it is comforting to know you have a good friend.

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The NY Clown Theater Festival is held at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.



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2011 ‘Odyssey Schmodyssey’ – Hew Parham at the NY Clown Theater Festival

Hew Parham in one of his many incarnations on stage during his ‘Odyssey Schmodyssey’.

Schmoo is born and has to deal with his loneliness, insecurities and demons.

Schmoo has a talk with his beloved ‘Petal’ on the deserted island.

Schmoo has trouble dealing with the idols, fears, beliefs and insecurities of being alone.

An audience member awards Schmoo (Hew Parham) with a ‘I Love NY’ T shirt.

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Amuse Bouche: The NY Clown Theatre Festival – Clown Cabaret 9/14/11

Hosted by the hilarously entertaining DONOVAN ENSEMBLE. (L Johnnie Niel R. Joe Kolbow)

Starting the evening off was The Donovan Ensemble’s  7 minutes version of Madam Butterfly.

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Emily Carragher

Trying to get a ‘head start’ on dancing. She picks an audience member to experiment her new found skills.

A great dance partner is one that can save you from the world.

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With charm, charisma and a great sense of timing Joe Kolbow moves the show along nicely.

Johnnie Niel (Donovan Ensemble) does a little interpretive dance to liven up the crowd.

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Vincenzo Tortorici

A delightful interpretation of Brecht‘s “Baden Lehrst” or Mr. Smith and Friends by Vincenzo Tortorici.

A dismal attempt by the puppet to end his worries of discomfort and concern.

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Name that Year! An Audience Participation Game

Joe Kolbow asks audience member Sophia Nimmannit to answer the question. “What year was this song popular?”

Johnnie Niel helps Sophie by dancing a ‘cheerleader’ number but with gravity defying skill.

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Morro and Jasp

An excerpt from their upcoming show ‘Morro and Jasp Gone Wild‘.

Gone Wild is certainly an appropiate title for their new show!

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Hilary Chaplain

In her new piece ‘Fred Goes Fishing’ Hilary Chaplain finds Fred without a meal he had counted on.

Fred catches a fish but he seems to befriend it is more his style than to eat it.

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Lynn Berg

As Lynn Berg‘s daredevil character ‘Awful Knofel’ a can of beer is certainly not out of place!

Awful Knofel finds a place in his heart for America’s #1 sweetheart.

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Another hysterical ‘disco’ dance number by Johnnie Niel.

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John Leo and  Jay Dunn

‘Handshake Uppercut’ is the name of this movement piece by John Leo and Jay Dunn.

Jay Dunn lurking at the audience as John Leo follows behind.

John Leo eats an apple from an audience member’s hand.

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The Donovan Ensemble closing the show with a lovely show tune.

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Curtain call for the entire cast of performers.

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The next AMUSE BOUCHE CABARET is happening on Wed. Sept 21st at 8pm. Hosted by Audrey Crabtree and Robert Honeywell.

MAKE SURE YOU GET A SEAT! Buy a ticket here.

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ALL PHOTOGRAPHS © 2011 Jim Moore





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Joel Jeske talks about his new show I HAVE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE.

I had an interest in finding out about this new show ‘I HAVE NOT DONE THIS BEFORE”. I ask clown, physical comedian Joel Jeske about his new upcoming show.

[From ‘Amuse Bouche’ Festival Brochure]
In his first ‘Amuse Bouche’ offering, clown and physical comedian Joel Jeske presents himself raw and unpredictable. Jeske takes his career experience in circus, theater, and variety and throws it all aside to do what he has truly never done before.

He discusses his show in this interview.
Video by Jim Moore
Tickets for Joel’s show here:​

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‘Flocked’ a clown show – Audrey Crabtree and Gabriela Munoz – Amuse Bouche 2011

Created and Performed by:

Audrey Crabtree

Gabriela Munoz

Directed by Hilary Chaplain

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Gabriela and Audrey started working on the basis for this show last March and came to me this summer with some fabulous characters and ideas for the piece before coming to me to direct them, and together we built what you are seeing here.

Chula(Gabriella Munoz) arrives – new bird in town.

Pepper (Audrey Crabtree) makes sure that what’s hers is hers!

Chula let’s Pepper know she’s not putting up with any of her lip.

Pepper doesn’t like the look of her new neighbor.

Chula’s bath time finishes with a big splash.

Pepper takes a bird bath with a Handi-wipe.

Pepper tortures Chula by playing with her piñata.

Scared of an outside force, they cling to each other for safety!

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Presented at The Brick Theater as part of the Amuse Bouche – NY Clown Theatre Festival 2011

Light Designer Ian W. Hill

Costumes by Valentina Munoz and Adriana Sarda

Additional Creative Consultant Alex Kipp

Board Operation by Berit Johnson


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‘Bezinkule’ – Christopher Rozzi – NY Clown Theater Festival ‘Amuse Bouche’


Written and Performed by Christopher Rozzi

Directed by and developed with Tasha Gordon-Solmon

Ensemble and Board Operator  – Frank Campanella

Original song recordings by Pauline Miller

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A Description of the show!

Professor Lawrence Fishburne, head of research at the Institute for Abnormal Awareness and Non-Standard Knowledgement, ventures to another dimension to acquire the most magical treasure the world has ever known…the Bezinkule!

His adventure is told through a series of hologram diary entries for the woman he loves: Miss Lillian Treemont. Along the way, he meets a curious creature named Nump and a Shrimp Squirrel named Shrimple.

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Great storytelling fun! Had me captivated all through the show.