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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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2014 New York Clown Theatre Festival – ‘tinydangerous-popcorn’

Andy Sapora and John Leo hosted an evening of ‘clown short’ films. However they didn’t waste any time getting into their ‘tiny dangerous‘ fun!

2014.09.21_NYCTF_019John Leo and Andy Sapora start the show off with some eccentric dancing and stuff.


2014.09.21_NYCTF_045Andy Sapora juggles some razor pen knives for some ‘ooohs and aaahs’.

2014.09.21_NYCTF_058John Leo pierces this arm with a long needle and bleeds a little. (the ‘dangerous’ part of tiny dangerous’.)

2014.09.21_NYCTF_069Just before intermission Andy and John make an ‘offering’ to the audience of some really delicious cookies.

2014.09.21_NYCTF_071Three audience members accept the offering and are ‘drafted’ to make a short film during intermission.

2014.09.21_NYCTF_078After intermission and before screening the films Andy sets his arm on fire for a more ‘ooohs and aaahs’.

2014.09.21_NYCTF_079More ‘insane’ antics followed this but due to ‘R’ rated website I am not able to post the photos.

Here are links to the films that were screened.

Hilary Chaplain – “Happy Hour

Noah Diamond – A Vaudephone Presentation – “United Nations Song”

Trav S.D. – “Too Much Nutcracker

The Maestrosities – ‘Topeka Tomorrow

Wayne Wilson/Franco Dragone – “Willie Jones: Trouble with Love

Yang Miller – “Humor Seminar with Phillip Dunman”

Jeff Seal – “Lazer Katzenberg

Emily James -“Flag Crew

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‘tinydangerousfun’ – April 2014 @ Branded Saloon – Brooklyn

tiny – dangerous – fun

These are the ‘ingredients’ that go into making this monthly variety show so wonderful.

Lots of wild acts and a ‘basement show’ feeling. What can they do next? LOL

This month was a blast! The word ‘variety’ certainly was appropriate for the acts that appeared in April and of course it was APRIL FOOLS DAY!

John Leo and Andy Sapora at 'tinydangerousfun'.John Leo and Andy Sapora get the show going with their little dance piece on chairs.

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Glen Raphael sings his own songs.

Glen Raphael plays music about the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Hangnails

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Jordan Temple does a HILARIOUS stand-up act about racism, education and facebook quizes!

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John Leo and Andy Sapora at 'tinydangerousfun'.

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Michaela became a butterfly.

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Mx. McDonough out runs inner demons.

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Audience members reach out to the performers at tinydangerousfun.

The tinyDANGEROUSfun audiences are the BEST!

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Briana Whyte Harris sang sweet songs about poop.

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The 13th Act perform wonderfully.

The 13th Act.

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Kim O’Hare and Ali Mari brought the house down with their contemporary flute and oboe duet.

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Pearl the Mime performs at tinydangerusfun.

Pearl the Mime and her lovely, darling physical comedy.

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Tanya Solomon performs at tinydangerousfun

Tanya Solomon perplexed us all.

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2 Brothers clown duo perform at tinydangerousfun

Two Brothers with their wacky existential clown.

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First TUESDAY of every month at BRANDED SALOON!

If you would prefer to ‘Perform’ just drop into the site and fill out the form.

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‘tinydangerousfun’ – March 2014 @ Branded Saloon – Brooklyn

John Le0 and Andy Sapora at tinydangerousfun

we’re back y’all!

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Adina Ballerina does the entire Nutcracker (much abridged).

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2014.03.04_tinydanfun_020John Leo stands alone on stage as his friend and co-MC Andy Sapora shoots him head on.

John Leo reveals his trick 'blood splurting' device.John Leo reveals his trick blood splurting device or ‘squib’

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Andy Sapora and John Leo perform the 8 Plate spin.Andy Sapora and John Leo perform the 8 Plate spin.

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Jill Stoddard with a HILARIOUS true story that she made up.

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tiny dangerous fun at Branded Saloon

Penelope Labradoodle Rockefeller  performs an Inner Beauty Makeover.

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Gio presents a slideshow lesson on how to talk like his mother.

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The 13th Act at tinydangerous fun

The 13th Act!

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tinydangerous fun variety at Branded Saloon

Amy Virginia and Eben Hoffer perform sweet, sweet songs.

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Torkova mesmerizes the audience with his mentalism.

Torkova blows our minds again!

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Andy Sapora and John Leo reading the cue cards.

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Wonderwoman (Emily James) shows off her superpowers.Wonderwoman (Emily James) shows off her superpowers.

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For more information about attending or performing go to this LINK!

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‘tinyDANGEROUSfun’ @ Cloud City – Sept 24th, 2013

An email was sent out to all the ‘regulars’ of tinyDANGEROUSfun that stated the following:

John Leo is getting married!!  And tinyDANGEROUSfun! has been out of commission all summer! (ever since the Sycamore bar basement got shut down by the man!)  What better way to surprise John Leo than by secretly getting the show back together in a new location?  He’ll show up thinking it’s for a date with his fiancé but then he’ll end up having to co-host the show!

Here are some photographs from the evening’s festivities!

2013.09.24._tingdngfun.028Miz Sharkey was teaching a ‘belly dancing’ class to all those that attended before the show started.

Andy Sapora warming up for the tinyDANGEROUSfun show.Andy Sapora ‘warming up’ for the covert ‘tinyDANGEROUSfun’ show.

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To Start the Evening Off – – –

Penelope Labradoodle Rockefeller dances up a storm.

2013.09.24._tingdngfun.117Penelope Labradoodle Rockefeller (Croft Vaughn) dances up a storm.

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2013.09.24._tingdngfun.163Amy Virginia Buchanan had a few ‘sexy’ songs to sing for the audience.

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Tanya Solomon performing some 'ball' magic.Tanya Solomon performing some ‘ball’ magic.

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Christopher Scheer tries to fashion a 'butt' plug out of a playing card.Christopher Scheer tries to fashion a ‘butt’ plug out of a playing card.

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Derik Boik tells some great funny stories.Derik Boik tells some great funny stories.

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Becca Bernard trying to take off some clothes.Becca Bernard trying to take off some clothes.

2013.09.24._tingdngfun.278Discovering some personal assets Becca Bernard shows her amazement to audience.

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2013.09.24._tingdngfun.288Jeff Seal and his partner Buttons (Chris Manley) take the stage by storm and begin their hysterical improv antics.

2013.09.24._tingdngfun.314Buttons and Jeff finish off their set with some ridiculous one-liners. 

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2013.09.24._tingdngfun.333Andy Sapora and Christopher Scheer attempt to lure audience members to the stage with delicious warm cookies.

2013.09.24._tingdngfun.340After convincing several audience members to come on stage they begin to explain the 13th Act.

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2013.09.24._tingdngfun.344During intermission Andy Sapora blows fire in the street.

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2013.09.24._tingdngfun.388Sophie and John get tied together with a green balloon by one of the audience volunteers. 

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2013.09.24._tingdngfun.392Christopher Scheer and Andy Sapora were great co-hosts at the show. (When John was resting)

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2013.09.24._tingdngfun.413Jack O’Somebody (Marina Tsaplina) and Glen Raphael perform together for the first time….

2013.09.24._tingdngfun.453Jack O’ Somebody gets an audience member to dance with her an do a back bend while Glen Raphael sings.

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Barbara Anne Michaels. Jester of the PeaceBarbara Anne Michaels – Jester of the Peace brings some emotional togetherness to the audience.

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2013.09.24._tingdngfun.518Zero Boy performs a new piece ‘Walking the Dog’. Sound effects master is wonderfully funny.

2013.09.24._tingdngfun.520Unhappy with what happens to the dog Zero Boy expresses it with his face.

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Christopher Scheer performs this fastest magic/burlesque act.Christopher Scheer performs the fastest magic/burlesque act.

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2013.09.24._tingdngfun.572Miz Sharkey performs a ‘space-age’ burlesque piece.

2013.09.24._tingdngfun.581With her hair flying and her hands busy grasping the ‘gun’ in her lap a look of passion.

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2013.09.24._tingdngfun.603Gio Gaynor prepares John Leo for his ‘transformation’ to a new man!



2013.09.24._tingdngfun.639John gets lifted up by the audience in a ‘cathartic’ experience of passing over to the other side.

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2013.09.24._tingdngfun.660tinyDANGEROUSfun co-hosts John Leo and Andy Sapora promise each other and the audience there is ‘more to come’.

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Stay informed of what is next:


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‘tinydangerousfun’ – Feb. 25th, 2013

John Leo and Andy Sapora hosting 'tinydangerousfun'.John Leo and Andy Sapora hosting ‘tinydangerousfun’.

Alexander Spitfire warmed up the house with his fire eating.Alexander Spitfire warmed up the house with his fire eating.

Agnes Olmstead nerds the house out with her burlesque routine.Agnes Olmstead nerds the house out with her burlesque routine.

Rush Hicks made the audience cringe with his sideshow antics.Rush Hicks made the audience cringe with his sideshow antics.

Becca Bernard gets her finger stuck in the fan during her fashion show.Becca Bernard gets her finger stuck in the fan during her fashion show.

John Leo and Andy Sapora joke with one another.Andy Sapora ices John Leo‘s ear. 

John and Andy offer the audience 'cookies'.John and Andy offer the audience ‘cookies.’

The 13th Act was incredible.The 13th Act was incredible.

Bobby Phobia buys a 'mail order' trick and performs it for the audience.Bobby Phobia buys a ‘mail order’ trick and performs it for the audience.

Michelle Mazzarino talks with the audience about life's issues.Michelle Mazzarino talks with the audience about life’s issues.

Malia Walsh performs amazing hula hoop act.Malia Walsh performs amazing hula hoop act.

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‘tinydangerousfun’ – Jan. 29th, 2013


Andy Sapora and John Leo begin the show.

Andy Sapora and John Leo begin the show – Andy’s upset because John’s “on his side”


Gio Gaynor tells an absurd story.



Adam Torres tears up the room with his funny comedy.



Solomon the Peculiarist, baffling us with her magic! 


Solomon’s audience volunteer was pretty great too!
Audience member plugs something while holding the Community Plug…



The `Speare Bearer blows us away with his One-Man Street Shakespeare 



The best performer tinyDANGEROUSfun has EVER had on it’s stage, EVER (John Leo’s note) : Jim Moore


The 13th Act are super good!



Alexandra Tatarsky is a heart-wretchedly funny, singing “mound.”


 Michelle Mazzarino hits us hard with some FUNNY stand up.


 The goofy musical duo of PepperJill & Jack close the show with a swingin’ Beatles mashup. 

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Thanks to Sophie for taking photographs of the show before Intermission.

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Next tinyDANGEROUSfun! will be February 26th!

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“Handshake Uppercut” – Jay Dunn & John Leo – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Handshake Uppercut

Jay Dunn and John Leo – From Brooklyn, NY

(Notes from NY Clown Theatre Brochure)

Two gentleman brawlers drag each other through eternity with only each other’s courtesy and cruelty to keep them alive. A hysterical, brawling clash of 1920’s silent film and rock ‘n’ roll vaudeville, Handshake Uppercut is an unabashedly dark, erotic, edgy, and super funny experience. Oscillating between gleeful savagery and seething politesse, Fringe circuit veterans John Leo (Best of Fringe, SF: ’03/’08) and Jay Dunn (Edinburgh & Philadelphia ‘10) take silent comedy to its outer limits in this hilarious Beckettian duel. Straight off a successful run at the Chicago Fringe 2012, Handshake Uppercut debuted at the NY Clown Theatre Festival cabaret in 2010.

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For more information on Jay Dunn and John Leo’s show go here:

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‘tinydangerousfun’ – June 26th, 2012

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Billy Schultz with a Haut Violin piece about his Pappi Gooper

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Marina Tsaplina

The True meaning of Love is explored by Marina with the help from an audience member.

Watermelon is shared with Marina and all those audience members who helped her out.

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Oleg Roitman (the Human Computer) ask the audience member what year, month and date of their birthday and then tells them what the day of the week it was!

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John and Andy tease the audience members up to the stage with delicious cupcakes!

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Gio Gaynor

Everyone was asked to participate by taking a few sheets of paper towels. Then they danced!

Morris dancing.

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Arlee Chadwick‘s puppet had some awesome moves!

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The 13th Act volunteers were glad to enjoy the cupcakes. Then they were told what they needed to do!

Nobody puts baby in the corner!

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Chispi el Payaso‘s flower shop.

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Shameless Promotional Vehicle with an advertisement for their Kegel Kat App

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Mariko Iwasa with a tiny, dangerous, fun act.

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Cowboy Frank (Karim Muasher) leads everyone in a hysterical, and touching square dance!

Andy and John doe see doe-ing.

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John Leo ends the night with the watermelon on his head and a smile on his face!


GO HERE for more info.

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“tinydangerousfun” – March 27th. 2012


The night had just gotten started and already the Co-Hosts Andy Sapora and John Leo were beside themselves with laughter.

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Glen Raphael singing sweetly, trying to get some action.

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Gio Gaynor reads sweetly about chestnuts.

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The Community Plug brings the tinyDANGEROUS community together.

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Who’s needs the Community Plug next?!

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Kate Brehm with her AMAZING poof!

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Andy Sapora attempts to ‘tongue kiss’ his cohost John Leo.

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Laura Lee Bahr scares us all with an excerpt from her dark, erotic novel HAUNT

John and Andy want some.

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Cohost Andy Sapora goes ballastic with facial expressions during the show.

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The 13th Act

The 13th Act perform Too Soon.

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Jeff and Buttons are funny.

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Karim Muasher finishes the night off with a birthday party and wedding for himself!

John and Andy celebrating Karim’s B’day party!

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