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NY Goofs Summer Workshop – 2012

Last week the NY Goofs completed a full week clown workshop at The Flea in lower Manhattan.

I attended the final performance and was able to get a good idea of how much fun the workshop had been and what great talent the students had.

Led by Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley the workshop includes other select teachers. This summer Jay Stewart, Hovey Burgess, Hilary Chaplain were on hand.

Here are some photographs from the show.

Dick Monday of the NY Goofs introduces the audience to the class show.

Arthur Lazalde and Connor Talon perform an original piece

Mariko Iwasa and Cameron McCall performing at the final show together.

Michelle Silvani and Harrison Hanney in a little romantic piece.

Emmanuelle Preciado and Mariko Iwasa perform the “Statue” piece.

Victor Joel Ortiz performs solo piece.

Lily Monday and Nick Stewart perform a little improv together.

Hiro Yamamoto and Joan Regalski perform a funny duet.

Nick Stewart shows off some of his new skills learned from Hovey Burgess.

The Final Hurrah at the NY Goofs Clown Workshop this summer 2012.

[Not all the students acts are represented here.]

For information or to register for next summer’s NY Goofs workshop go here!

{Any students from this workshop that would like to inquire about copies of these or other photographs please go here:  http://jimrmoore.com}

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An interview with Dick Monday – Clown, educator, cofounder NYGoofs

I was very interested in hearing the history of the NYGoofs. I had seen the name around for years and knew a few performers that worked with them. Finally a few years ago I began documenting their shows.

(Thanks to original Goofs member Hilary Chaplain)

Located at the Flea Theater in Lower Manhattan, the NYGoofs held a ‘Clown School‘ that lasted between one and two weeks two times a year.

Many aspiring clowns, comedians, actors and other physically trained movement performers take these classes. The second year I photographed the workshops they had Avner The Eccentric teaching as well as Dick Monday and his wife Tiffany Riley, Hovey Burgess, Barry Lubin, Jay Stewart, Hilary Chaplain and many others.

This year I wanted to get more information about the origins of the group and hear what Dick Monday had to say about this ‘clown venture’ that has lasted quite a few years!

Here is an interview that covers all that and more. I enjoyed working with Dick, Tiffany, Chet and Lily as well as the entire cast of performers that did the

WATER FOR CLOWNS show this year. Go here for photographs and more information on that show.

Dick Monday Interview

 

Recently Dick and Tiffany sat for me to do a portrait for my Clown Un_Mask series.

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NY Goofs – WATER FOR CLOWNS show – At The Flea Theatre

The press release for this show reads as follows:

WATER FOR CLOWNS is the yet untold story of a troupe of traveling clowns during the depression who endure the harsh reality of show business when a drought prohibits the use of water in their routines. Our story follows a young meteorologist who is just about to graduate from MIT when he learns his dog Biscuit has been hit by a car driven by the parents of a guy who was about to graduate from veterinarian school.

The story of the veterinarian was told in Water For Elephants. Our meteorologist, Dusty Hinkle, gets his turn in the spotlight when he jumps on a train that leads him to the Martini Brothers Circus.

Combining the skills and spills of eight professional loonies, WATER FOR CLOWNS guarantees a night of surprises and visual delights performed by some of America’s greatest clowns. Perfect for all ages, this group of professional clowns and clown teachers gather at the end of the NY Goofs Ultimate Clown School and put together a riotous night of pure insanity and laughter.

Led by Dick Monday, the Goofs received the 2009 Golden Nose Award for Best Clowns, and have appeared worldwide in festivals, theaters and circuses, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

The cast includes some of America’s most accomplished physical comedians: Hilary Chaplain, Jay Stewart, Joel Jeske (2011 Drama Desk nominated for Room 17B with Parallel Exit; Live! with Regis and Kelly), Tom Doughterty (Big Apple Circus, Ringling Bros. Circus) Evelyn Tuths, Rob Lok, Mark Gindick(Big Apple Circus), Tiffany Riley and Dick Monday (Late Show with David Letterman; The Tonight Show; Sweet & Lowdown).

 

The show on OPENING NIGHT was hysterically funny, touching and full of heart felt moments.

Jay Stewart, Mark Gindick, Hilary Chaplain and Evelyn Tuths.

Tom Dougherty and his dog Lucy.

Jay Stewart(l) and Joel Jeske passing some ‘bucks’!

Jay Stewart and Tiffany Riley wash the dishes together.

Tiffany Riley and Dick Monday making moves.

Joel Jeske and Tom Dougherty making funny music.

Hilary Chaplain performing her piece FRANK.

Dick Monday a little ticked off at the failure of his juggling trick.

Tiffany Riley provides the Water for Clowns

Tom Dougherty and his companion Lucy on stage relaxing.

Chet Monday showing off his technical skills with charm.

Hilary Chaplain helps close out the show with some juggling skills.

Rob Lok preparing for the jump rope routine on stilts! He is crazy.

After jumping rope on stilts he proceeds to do a handstand on top of 3 chairs on stilts.

The cast all together ends the show on a high note of dancing and music. (Not visible is Tom Dougherty and Rob Lok)

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Here is a video excerpt from the show.

 

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2010 NY Goofs Show – Photographs from the Performance

Welcome to The New York Goofs 2010 Showcase

Larry Pisoni escorts a traveling young man into the world of the side show and carny.

Jay Stewart heads up the Show!

Jay Stewart headed up the show as MC and all around ‘jokester’.

Hilary Chaplain and Dick Monday

Hilary Chaplain and Dick Monday perform a very odd piece of mime!

Hilary Chaplain

A very funny lady with skills and talent  to boot! She performed several pieces in the evening and all were hysterical and artistic.

Jay Stewart, Hilary Chaplain and Evelyn Tuths

Jay Stewart, Hilary Chaplain and Evelyn Tuths perform a finger puppet circus act.

Joel Jeske and Hilary Chaplain ‘squeeze’ one another for fun!

Joel Jeske and Hilary Chaplain perform a ‘squeeze’ and ‘hug’ piece that takes them to the floor.

Tiffany Riley cries her heart out for the audience.

Tiffany Riley cried her heart out for the audience.

Hilary Chaplain

Hilary Chaplain performed a ‘diva’ singer who was carrying more than she expected!

Chet Monday juggling up a storm!

Chet Monday juggles up a storm for his debut performance with NY Goofs.

Evelyn Tuths

Evelyn Tuths performed a ‘dancing senior citizen’ with an affinity to drink a little ‘brew in between her steps.

Joel Jeske

Joel Jeske performs his ‘executive in peril’ piece. A wonderful dark humor that hits home with his great silent skills.

The NYGoofs cast club juggling with Hovey Burgess

The male cast members juggle clubs with Circus teacher/historian Hovey Burgess

Chet Monday

Chet Monday adding to the upbeat motions on stage with his dance moves.

Dick and Chet try and keep up with Tiffany.

Dick and Chet  try and keep up with Tiffany.

NY Goofs 2010 Performance Finale and Curtain Call from Jim Moore on Vimeo.