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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:


Dixon Place Performing Arts Relief Effort /Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort – NYhelpsNY Benefit @ Dixon Place

The NYHelpsNY Benefit Event at Dixon Place on December 16, 2012 was an evening dedicated to bridging the huge disconnect between those who know first hand:the relief work and level of trauma in our city, and those who don’t, as well as to fund raise and unite us in our cause.

With the public being hit with ads like this from Coca Cola:


That is simply not the whole story.

We brought together speakers who have been on the forefront of relief efforts in different areas of the city and topnotch performers, to create a performance-centered event that fostered dialogue with the topic at hand:

The Sandy Hurricane.

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Douglas Everett Turner (Performer, MC)

Douglas did relief work after Katrina in New Orleans and was our host of the night.



Photo Credit: Jim Moore (Left) Jeremy Schaller (Right)

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Amin Hussain– Occupy Sandy Staten Island


Photo Credit: Jim Moore (Left) Stacy Lanyon (Right) of Strike Debt.

Amin Hussain came to speak on behalf of the work Occupy Sandy is doing in Staten Island at 1128 Olympia Blvd.

The red square on his shirt is the symbol of Strike Debt!

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Jack Somebody- Marina Tsaplina with Operation Thunderstick

03_jackFINALPhoto Credit: Stacy Lanyon (top and bottom right) Jim Moore (Left)

Born on the tsunami-destroyed streets of Kesennuma, Japan, the piece is the experience of Jack as his home falls apart and comes back together. Operation Thunderstick has done extensive relief work in Japan, and is now working in NYC.

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Kiki Valentine-Rawosky- FUUB Red Hook


 Photo Credit: Jeremy Schaller (Left) Jim Moore (Right)

Kiki is a performer, artist and Red Hook resident who has taken on the role of Disaster Relief Coordinator with First Unitarian Universalist Brooklyn. She has been working with the elderly and was fundraising for a $900.00 pair of specialized orthopedic shoes for a woman in the Rockaways who is currently unable to walk.

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Andrew J. Nemr– Performer (Tap Dancing)

Andrew performs for NYhelpsNY

My response to Andrew’s performance:

“Here are my feet. Here is the floor. Here is my will. Let’s go.”

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Patrick D. Wall- Coney Island U.S.A


Coney Island U.S.A has been completely destroyed and Patrick gave a powerful speech on the efforts of the organization as well as the surrounding area.

To Donate: Cick HERE!

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Zero Boy

Zero Boy performs at NYhelpsNY

Zero Boy performed with his brilliant vocal trickery an excerpt of his latest piece of how differently the diverse parts of NYC reacted to the Hurricane.

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 Nancy Valadares- Carl Bini Memorial Fund, Staten Island

Nancy Valdares

Nancy spoke on behalf of the Carl Bini Memorial fund, a co-producer of the event and an organization that has been doing a lot of relief and recovery work in Staten Island.

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Time of Whelm– The Ecologic Vibrancy Theater Project


This object theater piece was developed as part of the Puppets and Poets festival. A review from one of the festival organizers was “This piece made me think more then any other…about the relationship between “stuff,” need, and class…visually mesmerizing and actively engaging while not being obvious or trite.”

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Bottom Photos Credit: Jeremy Schaller

Recipe for Recovery- NYHelpsNY

Occupy Sandy Wellness

All proceeds from the event went to the organizations present. We created an interactive installation “Recipe for Recovery” for fundraising. The “Love” component of the Recipe was Becky Wartell of Sandy Wellness who provided relaxing and nurturing body work.


Sandy Survey Pool

A team of photographers have come together after the hurricane to document the damage, and the recovery efforts. The Sandy Survey Pool had an installation of their beautiful photographs and important work, as well as an online slide-show.

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Carl Bini Memorial Fund

Yana Domuschieva

Lilia Trenkova
Marina Tsapina

Nancy Valladares








Questions? Future Participation? Donation?

Please email us at

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This post was written and assembled by Marina Tsaplina

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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” – April 24th, 2012

The April edition of tinyDANGEROUSfun was just a terrific show.

Co-hosts John Leo and Andy Sapora start the evening off with a new twist.

The new ‘twitter’ option where the audience can twitter their request for what they want the co-host John Leo and Andy Sapora to do!

One twitter audience member ask that John and Andy change shirts but keep the same ties.

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JOHN GUY with some inappropriate, and quite funny, stand-up comedy.

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Audience member ‘tweets’ what they want the co-hosts to do.

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ANNA GOTHARD plays some fierce original songs!

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MARINA TSAPLINA AND CHRISTOPHER SCHEER with a minimalist, sexy, funny, touching turn.

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Mother Courage the Band wow us with their surreal superhero operatic folk music.

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Siobhan O’Loughlin delivers intense poetry

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The 13th Act

the bait.

the catch.

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Co-hosts Andy Sapora and John Leo inform to the volunteer audience members about the 13th Act.


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Jonathan Kaplan: witty, intelligent and funny.

“You see this tattoo” say Jonathan Kaplan in his delightful stand up routine.

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SINCERELY YOURS has got skillz!

Sincerely Yours plays bassoon while her dress falls off.

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John Leo takes a moment to show his co-host Andy Sapora how pleased he is with the evening.

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Sincerely Yours waits in the wings for the curtain call.

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TORKOVA setting us up.

Torkova and audience member knocking us down.

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Every last TUESDAY of every MONTH is ‘tinyDANGEROUSfun’ at the Sycamore Bar in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.


To find out more about this great, fun evening go to

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‘tinydangerousfun’ – October 25th, 2011

The evening started off ‘dangerous’. John Leo had his finger amputated. (Not really!)

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Marina Tsaplina with a deck of very large and powerful cards!

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Zachary Boyce and friend making nice music.

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Miz Sharky with a HOT number.

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Billy dee Bedlam makes sweet classical songs ‘crazy and fun’!

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The audience volunteers learning their task for the 13th Act.

The ‘swedish bombshell’ struts her way over the audience  member’s legs.

She mimes the charisma of Marlina Dietrich before finishing the piece.

The members of the 13th Act receive ‘gifts’ from Barbara Ann Michaels.

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John Leo, before losing his hand, as cohost Andy Sapora cuts into pipe.

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Singer/songwriter Glen Raphael leads the audience in a funny song about Gorillas.

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Tanya Solomon performing a magic rope trick during the ‘one minute magic moment’.

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Cohost Andy Sapora commands the attention of the audience as cohost John Leo looks on.

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The Birdman‘ from Australia performs some pretty wicked and funny routines.

Visual puns and raving hysterical lunacy seem to be ‘The Birdmans’ signature.

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Mistress B (for Balloons) twists up some naughty balloons for the audience.

An audience member gets a new ‘member’ of her own from Mistress B.

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It all Happens the last TUESDAY of every month at Sycamore Bar. tiny dangerous fun!

For more information or to sign up to perform go to this URL...

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‘WHOA WEDNESDAY’ – A Variety show at Triskelion Arts

I was away for most of the month in July and as such missed one of the most exciting new variety series in town!

I attended the last one of the month and was I happy I did!

It was a wonderful VARIETY of performers from all kinds of disciplines.

Hosted by Billy Dee Bedlam.

Trusty notebook in hand Billy Dee Bedlam brought on the acts charmingly.

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TUBER THE CLOWN – Eric Hoffman

Charming hat juggling act with audience member.

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THE BUBBLE BURSTER – Emily James and Ishah Jannsen-Faith

They performed an excerpt from their wonderfully enchanting show CHANNEL ONE.

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Jeff Seal is charmingly hysterical with a wonderful biting sense of humor.

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XAVIER AND SHAQUANDA COCA MULATTA (were separated at birth)

A off the edge, over the top musical number with a blind sister and Izzy the Dog making a cameo appearance. Raunchy and funny as can be!

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YOUTH AND AGE – Marina Tsaplina

Franz Nicolay on the Accordion and Sarah Zar on the Singing Saw

Surreal, emotional voyage thru a series of characters dancing in a void of attachment.

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One of the funniest clowns performing in the universe today!

Catch his ensemble THE ROTTEN PLANTAINS for one night only – This Monday. Info HERE.

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Cobra Gold Band includes Cecil Schieber, John Waters and Josh Bisker.

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GOOD TO GO GIRLS – Molly Merkler, Jessy Smith, and Julian Hollis

In one of the delightful surprise of the evening. The Good to Go Girls intreped a Miranda July story about swimming with a pool.

Visually hysterical and beautifully executed choreography.

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BIlly Dee Bedlam does it RIGHT! The audience was rewarded with  a great show!

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Watch the Triskelion Arts Calendar for future WHOA WEDNESDAY shows!

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‘tinydangerousfun’ Variety Showcase at The Sycamore Bar – Jan. 25th, 2011

The hosts for the evening’s festivities are John Leo and Andy Sapora.

The show was great and they had an idea it would be!

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Billy Dee Bedlam

The janitor never was this wild when I had one in my school.

Broom in one hand and ‘what’ in the other! Hiccup!

Down to his underwear in a real stretch~

Flying off the stage on his broom and clothed in ‘what’? Whew!!!! Wild man!

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Ragdoll Engine Collective

Alyson Perry and Mary Cavett

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Richard Harrington

Hysterical deadpan comedy monolog.

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Brian Zimbler

A 93 year old Henry Tzim answers all the questions you can ask him. (In the time alloted!)

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Glen Raphael

An original song writer (caustic, hysterical love songs) who accompanies himself on the guitar.

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Marina Tsaplina

A monolog about going to work and discovering there is life outside that world. (funny and insightful!)

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Will Shaw

A funny juggler who has mastered the art of top spinning. (All size of tops!)

A seasoned professional who always leaves me laughing!

A large top free spinning on his hand is not an easy feat!

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John Leo and Andy Sapora going over the artist’s cue cards. Did they really read them before the show?

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Tanya Solomon – Stage Manager

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Alaska Thunderfu*k 5000 and Handsome Jeremy

A wild and delicious trip to the other side of the music spectrum!

See for yourself!

Alaska Thunderfu*k 5000 singing her/his heart out!

Handsome Jeremy accompanies Alaska on the Keyboards.

A wild and crazy song for the audience.

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Curtain Call

The next ‘tinydangerousfun’ variety show will happen on Feb 22, 2011.

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Photographs © 2011 Jim Moore