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The many faces of Joel Jeske – A review….of sorts~

I have had the ultimate pleasure of photographing and videotaping  Joel Jeske in many shows and moods in many venues over the past several years. I will attempt to post here a collection of images and such to reflect his incredible talents and charm.

Currently, he appears in the Big Apple Circus show “The Grand Tour” at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

But wait…he does not only appear on the show but he also Wrote and Created the show with direction by Parallel Exit’s Mark Lonergan.

Also, the clown material for this show was created by Joel Jeske. He performs the material along with the delightful Brent McBeth.

(these are not chronological)

First. Here is my Clown Un_Mask shot of Joel.

Joel Jeske in the Clown Un_Mask series.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.11.54 PMNext is a still from a video I did of Joel talking about ‘what is funny‘ in Sept 2011.

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Joel Jeske at Dixon PlaceJoel Jeske performing at the New York Downtown Clown Review at Dixon Place in Sept. 2012.

Joel Jeske opens his piece – “I have seen over 16 midgets today and it’s only Monday” by yelling the title at the audience.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.14.12 PMJoel Jeske performing at the AMUSE BOUCHE Festival at The Brick in Sept. 2011

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.09.32 PMParallel Exit’s “MOVE IT” show at Canal Park Playhouse in April 2013

Joel Jeske reads from his index cards all the qualities of his likes and dislikes.

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JOELCLOWNJESKEJoel is performing at the New York Downtown Clown Revue at Under St. Marks Place in 2011.

JOEL_Rm17bJESKE Joel Jeske performing in the hysterically funny and successful Parallel Exit show “Room 17b”.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.16.10 PMJoel Jeske and Mark Lonergan of Parallel Exit talk about their upcoming physical comedy workshop in this video.

March 2013 workshop video here.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.03.23 PMBrent McBeth and Joel Jeske in a scene from the current Big Apple Circus show “The Grand Tour”.

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.02.26 PM Joel Jeske and ringmaster John Kennedy Kane perform the ‘Red Nose Transplant’.

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.04.45 PMJoel Jeske looks quite disturbed in this fantastic version of musical chairs with audience members.

Brent McBeth is seen behind Joel directing the Big Apple Circus Band. Did Joel lose this contest?

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I expect to experience much more mirth and joy from Joel Jeske and hope to have to photograph it as well.

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Do yourself a favor and see Joel Jeske perform live at The Big Apple Circus. Now till Jan 10th, 2016

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Parallel Exit’s “MOVE IT” Variety Show @ Canal Park Playhouse April 15, 2013

Parallel Exit presented their wonderful variety show “MOVE IT” at the intimate Canal Park Playhouse last night. Hosted by Mark Longergan. Along with the in-house talent they added students from their physical comedy workshop to the lineup.

Here is the list of performers:

 

Joel Jeske

 

Harold Moeller

 

Danny Gardner

 

Mariko Iwasa

 

Miss Saturn

 

Jack O’Somebody (Marina Tsaplina)

Here are some photographs from the evening’s performance.

Joel Jeske performing at Moveit Variety Show

Joel Jeske reads from his index cards all the qualities of his likes and dislikes.

Joel Jeske performing his "Five Waiters" routine.

Joel Jeske performing his “Five Waiters” routine. Here is one of the waiters.

Joel Jeske performing another waiter character.

Joel Jeske performing another waiter character.

Joel Jeske performs a character from his  "Five Waiters" piece.

Joel Jeske performs a character from his  “Five Waiters” piece.

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Harold Moeller gets caught up his his own 'craziness''.

Harold Moeller gets caught up his his own ‘craziness” in his piece “A Little Motivational Speech”.

Harold Moeller tries again to make his speech without much success.

Harold Moeller tries again to make his speech without much success.

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Danny Gardner performs in a silent piece  "The Rental Car".

Danny Gardner performs in a silent piece  “The Rental Car”.

Danny Gardner has some unexpected surprises in his 'Rental Car'.

Danny Gardner has some unexpected surprises in his ‘Rental Car’.

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Mariko Iwasa performing in "An Adventure on the Train".

Mariko Iwasa performing in “An Adventure on the Train”.

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Joel Jeske performing in his piece "Five Doctors Reacting".

Joel Jeske performing in his piece “Five Doctors Reacting”.Another Doctors reaction to the Xray.

Another Doctors reaction to the X-Ray.

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Miss Saturn finds an audience member to assist in her act.

Miss Saturn recruits Chuck (audience member) to assist in her act.

Miss Saturn hula hoops so brilliantly!

Miss Saturn hula hoops so brilliantly!

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Jack O'Somebody performs "Hunting for The Wild Things".

Jack O’Somebody performs “Hunting for The Wild Things”.

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Danny Gardner performs "Man and Machine".

Danny Gardner performs “Man and Machine”. A dance piece with a machine’s help.

Danny Gardner performing in his piece "Man and Machine".

Danny Gardner performing in his piece “Man and Machine”. Not getting along too well with the machine now.

Danny Gardner performing in his piece "Man and Machine".

Danny Gardner performing in his piece “Man and Machine”.

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Joel Jeske performing 'My Coat is Full of Balloons'.

Joel Jeske performing ‘My Coat is Full of Balloons’.

Joel Jeske closes out the show with "The Patient Yet Vindictive Exterminator'.

Joel Jeske closes out the show with “The Patient Yet Vindictive Exterminator’.

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For more information on Parallel Exit go here~

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Canal Park Playhouse’s Kipp Osborne

One of the most unique, intimate theatres in NY is Canal Park Playhouse. Located on the very west side of Canal Street in lower Manhattan, The Canal Park Playhouse has been presenting some of the most delightful variety arts since it opened a few years ago. Seating only 50 audience members it has a charm that reminds of of the legendary Sullivan Street Playhouse.
The producer of this venue is Kipp Osborne. His love of variety arts is reflected in the shows that he produces at his venue.
http://canalparkplayhouse.com

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Avner the Eccentric – “Exceptions to Gravity” – Canal Park Playhouse – March 2013

“EXCEPTIONS TO GRAVITY”

I hadn’t seen Avner the Eccentric perform in quite a long time. I think it was June 1983 at the First New York Clown Theatre Festival. His show was delightfully simple and very funny! At close range (Canal Park Playhouse is a very intimate theatre) Avner was able to relate to the audience in a very unique and personal way.

Avner the Eccentric at Canal Park PlayhouseAvner enchants the audience with his charm.

Avner balancing a featherBalancing a feather never looked so easy.

Avner trying to work with a ladder in the show.Working with a ladder in the show never looked so difficult but very funny.

Avner looks at the audience with a question.Avner looks at the audience with a question in his mind and his ears bend over.

Avner and his famous napkin eating routine.Avner salutes the audience while enjoying a plate full of napkins.

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Avner the Eccentric’s show “Exceptions to Gravitiy” is full of surprises. Lots of fun for any age or intellectual capacity.

 

 

 

Go here for more information and ticket info

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Chris McDaniel – “Ropes, Whips and Songs About Cows” at Canal Park Playhouse

This was originally posted in 2012 but Chris should be highlighted again since his act is so wonderful and unique. His show at the Canal Park Playhouse was terrific! (since then has closed its doors but remains a lovely Bed and Breakfast – The Canal Park Inn

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Chris McDaniel is one of the ‘rare’ Western Arts Showman that has charmed audiences worldwide with his trick roping, bull-whip and down-home classic singing.

Currently with a new show at the Canal Park Playhouse titled “Ropes, Whips, and Songs about Cows”.

I stopped by during this dress/tech rehearsal and got some photographs of this very original, delightful show.

“THIS is something!”
David Letterman,
The Late Show

Chris McDaniel talks about his favorite cowboy side kick Gabby Hays.

Chris McDaniel talks to the audience informally about the ‘whip’ and it’s safety precautions.

Chris cracks his whips in a demonstration for the audience.

Breaking a piece of hard pasta with his whip cracking.

Singing songs of the old wild west is something Chris McDaniel does really well.

A old fashion song deserves an old-fashioned look. Chris McDaniel sings the Coyote song.

“Mr. McDaniel is a man of immense charm…he’s a real artist”

NY Observer

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For more information on Chris McDaniel check out his website here!

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Magician “Cardone”.

Originally posted in June 2012!

Cardone was someone I had heard about through my friends in the magic community. I had met him briefly at several events but never saw him perform.

I wanted to speak with him about his work in magic and what inspired him to ‘get into’ magic.

He had accomplished quite a bit in this world and besides performing as a magician, he also performs in a rock band.

He has written a book “The Haunted House Magic Show” (illustrated by fellow magician Stuart Palm).

Here is the interview I did with him at my home in Brooklyn.

Here is a link to his blog and here is a link to his website.

The promotional postcard for his show THE SPOOK SHOW at Canal Park Playhouse.