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Central Park Variety Show ~ November 20th, 2020

Central Park Variety Show producer/performer Ambrose Martos introduces the evening’s festivities.

MC for the evening was Muffy Styler.

Muffy Styler sang some great tunes with Aldo Perez on guitar.

Brian Klimowski performed a ‘chinese yoyo’ routine and a magic yoyo string restoration. Wonderful!

Tyler West performed two very wild physical comedy sketches.

Ambrose Martos followed with another wild ‘flasher’ routine!

Muffy sang another song and closed out the show.

Curtain call group shot ~ Lea McGowan with Dingo, Muffy Styler, Brian Klimowski, Ambrose Martos, Tyler West and Aldo Perez.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – Jan 7th, 2019

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue

This monthly showcase of variety performers has a lot to be proud of.

The New York based cirkus family Bindlestiff has some great shows lined up all year long and not just in Manhattan. The company also has performances in Hudson NY and other locations. But, the monthly BOSVR as I refer to it as has so many great acts every  month and an audience that sees it one month will see a ‘variety’ of other acts the following month. Keith Nelson hosts the monthly extravaganza and believe me it IS an Extravaganza!

The first performance of the evening is usually is reserved for Keith. Here is the ‘diablo’ or Chinese Yoyo act which he excels at.

Bethany Shao performed an amazing ‘hand balancing’ act.

Host Keith Nelson has a wonderful knack for presenting his skills in between the other acts. He claims it is the only time he gets to rehearse them. Here is his lovely spinning wooden top act.

Next was Tru-Dee (Deborah Lohse) performing her hysterical dancing/signing act.

The eccentric act of Cassandra Nemser was opera singing mixed with magic linking rings. Montana Miller told a true biographical story about her aerial work and meeting a sky-diving man that swept her away.The back stage hands that move the show along by placing and replacing props for the acts also happen to be talented performers themselves. Here is clown/physical comedian Adam Auslander adding to the hilarity of the evening.Brian Klimowski has a great talent for the Yoyo and sang/danced was well.

In every monthly show there is a ‘walk-up’ slot to be filled by anyone that wants to participate ‘last minute’ by walking up to Keith and telling him they want to ‘go on’. This month it was Ambrose Martos and he performed a clown verbal improv that involved audience participation and tickled the audience’s funny bone for sure.

Closing the show was Jared Shanks who performed the aerial ‘straps’ act. It was really wonderful to see his control and skill.

As Keith calls up all the performers for the curtain call he reminds the audience to ‘meet at the bar’ upstairs and buy your favorite act a drink!

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Every first MONDAY of the Month at Dixon Place. Come and enjoy the talent!

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The Clown UnMasked Series – A Comprehensive List 2010 – 2016

The Clown UnMasked

In 2010 I had a concept in my head one day that I should photograph my favorite subjects (Clowns) without their performance costume and makeup and match it with a performance shot. The ‘Unmask’ shot would be black and white and the performance shot in color.  I decided to call it The Clown UnMask. I began shooting in Feb. 2010 with one of the funniest clowns I know and admire. Glen Heroy.

I followed up with many more (almost 50) until I stopped shooting the series in 2016. Here is a comprehensive list of the performers (with links to the original posts) I documented in my ‘hallway’ studio. In the order in which I photographed them. Full post are reached by using the links. Some portrait are provided for visual excitement!

(The wall came down in 2016 so the series was discontinued)

Matt Mitler

Clowns ExMachina

John Leo

Eric Davis

Hilary Chaplain

Audrey Crabtree

Keith Nelson

Ambrose Martos

Joel Jeske

Amy Gordon

Rob Torres

Patrick de Valette

Tiffany Riley

Dick Monday

Julie Ferrier

Fred Blin

Tanya Elchuk

Nina Levine

Hew Parham

Mark Gindick

Peter Daniel Straus

Kevin C. Carr

Jeff Hess

Chris Allison

Drew Richardson

Lilli Sukula Lindblom

Mona Ray

Thom Monckton

Sampo Kurppa

Jenny Lee Mitchell

Michael Trautman

Jennifer Sargent

Maja Bieler

Helen Donnelly

James Godwin

Avner Eisenberg

Summer Shapiro

Neil Arthur James

Gustavo Pace

Didi Sanchezco

Kenny Raskin

Mooky Cornish

Adam Kuchler

Barry Lubin

Daniel Passer

Angela Delfini

Armitage Shanks

Matt Roper

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2016 NY Clown Theater Festival – “Clown Cabaret” – Sept 8, 2016

2016 NY CLOWN THEATER FESTIVAL

September 2 through 18th, 2016 at The Brick Theater

“CLOWN CABARET”

Hosted by ‘Fantasy Grandma‘.

Fantasy Grandma at the NY Clown Theater FestivalFantasy Grandma did a terrific job of hosting the evening’s performances. Rap song and psychedelic jello!

2016-09-08-clwnfest_312Mission: Implausible (Logic Limited Ltd) was one of the most technological pieces of the evening. 

Next up was a lovely film by Corinne Robkin titled “Twisted Business“.

Ambrose Martos at NY Clown Theater FestivalAmbrose Martos solicited audience members to be part of his ‘romantic interest’ for this piece.

Denis Camargo performs in the NY Clown Theater FestivalDirect from Brazil, BR S.A. Collective of Artists’ Denis Camargo performs.

2016-09-08-clwnfest_476Harold Todd Moeller and Rob Lok perform ‘Harry The Magnificent’.

2016-09-08-clwnfest_514Tut’Zanni Theatre presented ‘Beep & Bop’. A funny Commedia-del-Arte based piece.

2016-09-08-clwnfest_288Fantasy Grandma offers the audience some ‘home made’ jello. Later she mentioned it was ‘spiked’.

2016-09-08-clwnfest_539Playpen Theater presented ‘Chalk’, a delightful clown play based on a devasting breakup.

Amo Gulinello performs his a segment from 'Fastcar'.Amo Gulinello performs a segment from his one-man show ‘Fastcar’.

2016-09-08-clwnfest_331Ekaterina Pirogovskaya does striptease done ‘Mime Style’.

Marisol Soledad performs Princess MildredMarisol Soledad performs Princess Mildred from her show ‘Here At Home’.

Tabula Rasa perform with audience member John LeoTabula Rasa (Michael Bauer & Autumn Kioti) perform with recruited audience member John Leo.

Drew Richardson performs his funny "Drew the Dramatic Fool".Drew Richardson performs his funny “Drew the Dramatic Fool”.

Rob and Miss Jane perform at NY Clown Theater FestivalRob and Miss Jane knows that “It Takes Two” to make a thing go right!

The 2016 NY Clown Theater Festival continues all this week. Check out the shows!

At The Brick Theatre

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – October 2015

 

The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show

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Michael Bongar hosted a great evening of variety at Dixon Place. 

Yoyo genius Justin Weber performed with black light.Yo-yo genius Justin Weber performed with black light.

Dandy Darkly performs at Dixon PlaceDandy Darkly performs a seductive bizarre tale about a Hollywood film star.

Ambrose Martos perfomed an audience participation piece.Ambrose Martos perfomed an audience participation  piece. “Spin The Bottle”.

Kira performs a beautiful aerial act.Kira performs a beautiful aerial act.

Ryan Shinji Murray participated by doing the 'walk up' act. Great!Ryan Shinji Murray participated by doing the ‘walk up’ act. Great rope moves!

2015.10.05_BindOpnStg.164Magic Mike made one of his rare appearances and entertained the crowd.

Circus VindleVoss performed their wild 'zombie' piece.Circus VindleVoss (Karim Muasher & Carrie Brown) performed their wild ‘zombie’ piece.

Happy Hour Trio performed a rather risque piece.The Happy Hour Trio (Ambrose Martos, Mark Gindick, and Matt Morgan) performed a rather risque piece. 

2015.10.05_BindOpnStg.145Innocent audience member Jay Katz gets caught in the middle of this ‘risque’ trio.

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The evening’s finale was a wild man Matt Morgan performing in his underwear and getting the audience involved in his beer drinking escapade.

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“La Soiree” – A NeoCircus, Comedy and Burlesque Cabaret @ Union Square Theater

“A decadent and downright dangerous show that is ‘not for the kids’.”

Low inhibition and high glamour!

‘One of the best I have seen in years’!

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Here are a few photographs I took the evening I attended.

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The English Gents

(Hamish McCann and Denis Lock)

The English Gents @ La Soiree in NYCWhat a great duet. Hamish and Denis do amazing balance and strength act plus are as charming as two english gents.

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Marawa 

Marawa performs at La Soiree @ Union Square TheaterWith grace and stamina Marawa The Amazing rocked the house with her hula hoop act.

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Scotty the Blue Bunny

Scott the Blue Bunny performing at La Soiree.Unique, risque and bold are the key words for Scotty The Blue Bunny

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The Bathtub Boy

(Steven Williams)

Ryan McCarthy performing at La SoireeSoaking in the bathtub as his acts opens. Then elevating himself to heights above the crowd while exuding an amazing sensual strength on the straps.

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Marcus Monroe

Marcus Monroe juggling at La SoireeMarcus Monroe is an amazing juggler with great sense of comedy.

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Gloria

(Mooky Cornish)

Mooky Cornish performing at La SoireeGloria entertains the crowd but not without getting an audience member involved in her wonderful antics.

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Manchego – The Sexiest Man Alive

(Ambrose Martos)

Manchego performing at La SoireeManchego entertains the audience with his audacity and colorful underwear…Many pairs of them!

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Hamish McCann

Hamish McCann performing at La SoireeHamish McCann arrives on stage with an umbrella and ‘Singing in the Rain‘ playing. Then he performs amazing feats of strength on the lamppost.

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Bret Pfister

Bret Pfister performing at La SoireeLike an angel in the clouds, Bret Pfister performs on the aerial hoop with charm and beauty.

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Aidan O’Shea was the most Welcoming MC

Not pictured here but hysterically entertaining were the Cabaret Decadanse (Andre-Anne LeBlanc and Serge Delauriers)

Produced by Mark Rubinstein, Brett Haylock, Mick Perrin, James Tod, Nick Zuppar and Gavin Kalin/Edward Snape; creative producer, Mr. Haylock; lighting by Willie Suddon; sound by Richard Fitzgerald/Sound Associates; production stage manager, Bianca Houston. At the Union Square Theater, 100 East 17th Street, Manhattan, 800-653-8000, ticketmaster.com. Through March 30. Running time: 2 hours.

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“No Holds Barred Variety Night” – Dixon Place – Sept. 24th, 2012

NO HOLDS BARRED VARIETY NIGHT

at Dixon Place

Curated by Cody Schreger

(All notes posted are directly from the evening’s program)

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ERIC GORSUCH

An unconventional physicque standing at 6′ 5″ tall.

Eric Gorsuch specializes in aerial, acrobatics and burlesque.

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Patrick and Sarah Donnelly

Patrick and Sarah Donnelly were helpful stage hands with humor.

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3-5 Min Dance Trio/Quartet

3-5min Dance Trio/Quartet dance a new piece.

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EMILY HURSHLY

Emily Hurshly performs aerial, does yoga, writes, a tarot card reader, a reiki healer and ….

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JASON MEJIAS

Jason Mejias performs ‘How it Ends’ aerial piece.

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CHRISTINA GLUR

Christina Glur sings up a storm with dance partner.

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MICHELLE CAMERON

Michelle Cameron performs at the NO HOLDS BARRED variety show.

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THE RIVER

Holly Shunkey (Choreographer) Dusty Giamanco, Paul Romero, Matt Steggans, Mark Shunkey.

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The two co-hosts Hallie Bulleit and Cody Schreger keep the evening moving along.

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Music interlude with Hallie and guitarist Joe Evans.

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WEIGHTY DECISION

(Lisa Natoli, Maia Ramnath, Susie Williams)

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BRONWYN SIMS

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TAMARA LEVINSON

Tamara Levinson performs a piece of ‘art’ with liquid chocolate.

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AMBROSE MARTOS

Ambrose Martos performs ‘The Stranger’ at No Holds Barred Variety.

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GLC

(Cody Schreger, Gwyneth Larsen, & Leah Siegel.)

Leah Siegel joins Cody and Gwyneth with music.

Leah Siegel gets into the aerial act with her guitar.

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The Clown Un_Masked – Ambrose Martos

Ambrose relaxing in the studio.

Ambose performing at The New York Downtown Clown Revue.

Ambrose has a very diverse career. He has a few One-Man shows and works with an ensemble HAPPY HOURS CLOWNS.

Ambrose Martos has performed standup, clown, improv, sketch and dance around New York City and the world. He was a finalist in the BBC Open Mic competition at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and once had his roller skating disco act described as “brave comedy” by ABC’s Diane Sawyer. Ambrose is a regular host and performer at New York City’s best vaudeville reviews and has performed on the largest cruise ship in the world for Royal Caribbean. Ambrose plays the lead role in the indie film Lutoski Fish Sticks. He is a 1997 graduate of Clown College, a member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit and part of the comedy trio Happy Hour.
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