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Vaudevisuals interview with Jos Houben – The Art of Laughter

Several years ago I had the pleasure to interview Jos Houben. A very funny man indeed!

He was appearing at the time in a Beckett play directed by Peter Brook at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. We did the interview in his dressing room and he talked about Beckett, Peter Brook, his show and his teaching of slapstick, theatre, and physical comedy. A great interview posted below!

On Oct 27th thru Nov 19th, he is appearing at Theatre for a New Audience doing his delightfully funny show “The Art of Laughter”.

Run! Don’t walk to get tickets to this production. He is sharing the bill with another very funny physical comedian Marcello Magni in the duet show titledMarcel“. (a duet with Jos.)

Click here for more information about the current show of Jos Houben and Mario Magni

“Jos Houben and Marcello Magni are two towering figures representing some of the highest form of physical theatre and clowning existing today. They are splendidly brilliant.
– David Shiner, Lucille Lortel Winner for his work in OLD HATS with Bill Irwin.

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Clown Documentary for American Theater Wing

Directed by Margarita Jimeno.

This delightful documentary shares the love of clown from the perspective of Clowns!

Slava Polunin(Snow Show), David Shiner(Old Hats), Joel Jeske(Big Apple Circus), and Brent Mcbeth(Big Apple Circus) discuss clowning with wonderful footage of their performances.

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The Regard of Flight – Bill Irwin, Doug Skinner and Michael O’Connor

Now that Bill Irwin has joined forces with David Shiner again to present OLD HATS I thought it right to ‘look back’ at Bill’s earlier success. “The Regard of Flight“. The show was performed in many venues before going to Lincoln Center. An earlier version of the show was performed at the Baltimore Theater Festival titled “Murdoch” which I saw.
Bill Irwin was brilliant in choosing Doug Skinner and Michael O’Connor to share the stage with him in this show. They were great!
Doug Skinner provided ‘original music’ and Michael O’Connor was hysterical as ‘the critic’ lurching to the stage with comments and questions throughout the show. Wonderful comic timing together made this show a treat for any audience!
For those of you that did not see Bill Irwin, Doug Skinner and Michael O’Connor in “The Regard of Flight”…A wonderfully brilliant show!

“It should be said that Mr. Irwin is a contemporary American performance artist whose name belongs alongside those of Buster Keaton and Marcel Marceau.”
Mel Gussow NY Times
The New York Times Review

Bill Irwin and David Shiner are currently performing their new show “OLD HATS” at the Signature Theater.
“one of the funniest shows of the past few years” the New York Post,
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More information and tickets can be had here.

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Bill Irwin and David Shiner in “Old Hats” at the Signature Theater.

Check out these two’brilliant’clowns and their first appearance together in quite some time

David Shiner and Bill Irwin in “OLD HATS”

Directed by Tina Landau
Music by and Featuring Nellie McKay

2003-04 Playwright-in-Residence Bill Irwin reunites with fellow clown David Shiner for a new work combining their inimitable magic, slapstick, and hilarity. Using music, technology, and movement, plus other tricks up their sleeves, Irwin and Shiner create another wild and remarkable outing of theatre for a new generation of audiences. Signature is proud to present this dynamic duo’s first collaboration since the smash Broadway hit FOOL MOON.

“Ebullient and Charming” NY TIMES
“One of the funniest shows of the past few years” NY POST
“Leaves the audience buzzing with joy!” Time Out

Tickets here.

For additional information go to: Broadway.com
Bill Irwin photographed by Jim Moore
Photograph of Bill Irwin by Jim Moore in his studio circa 1982