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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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RETINA – An evening of Variety Arts at Cloud City, Brooklyn – June 23, 2015

Presented at Cloud City in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Tuesday night, a delightful evening of variety arts MC’d by Will Studivant and featuring the talents of:
Andrew Lynch
Katie Melby
Spencer Novich
Jeff Seal & Chris Manley (Buttons)
Lucas Tadeo
Daniel Passer
and featuring Wayne Wilson and Patrick de Valette in this short video excerpt from their piece "Retina".

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Will Studivant MC’d the show with humor and charm.

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Katie Melby and Andrew Lynch sing a song of distress.

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Jeff Seal and Chris Manley (Jeff and Buttons)performed some funny ‘knock-knock’ jokes and got the audience rollin in laughter.

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Will Studivant read some Dr. Seuss as Lucas Tadeo (visiting from Spain)did some delightful tap dancing.

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Daniel Passer performed a lovely minimalistic ‘whistle’ act.

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Singer John Dziadosz sang a song about drinking and what happens when you do too much of that.

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Wayne Wilson and Patrick de Valette perform a ‘magic act’ from their new show ‘Retina’.

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Spencer Novich performed his amazing ‘rubber body’ contortion comedy act.

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The entire cast takes a ‘well deserved’ CURTAIN CALL.
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Stay tuned for more info on RETINA and CLOUD CITY!

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Wayne Wilson and Patrick De Valette – “RETINA”.

Visited Cloud City today and did a video interview with two very funny men! Wayne Wilson and Patrick De Valette.

They are rehearsing their new show “Retina” which will be performed on Tuesday night (6/23) at 9pm.

Here are a few photographs I was able to take during their rehearsal and the video interview.

The show will also include other performers as well.

Daniel Passer, Jeff Seal, Katie Melby and Andrew Lynch.

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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

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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PATRICK de VALETTE

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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JOSH BISKER  with COBRA GOLD – THE BAND

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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The Clown Un_Mask – Patrick de Valette

Patrick & Takumi de Valette

Patrick performing with The Rotten Plantains August 2010

Fred Blin and Patrick de Valette posing for my shot at The Rotten Plantains show last August.

Patrick and Fred are two of the performers that belong to Les Chiche Capon in Paris.

Patrick is a co-founder of Chiche Capon and has worked with them for 6 years and has performed with them all around the world.  He studied clown at the School le Samovar, founded by Frank Dinet. He has also worked on clown’s dramaturgy with Alain Gautré, one of the famous masters of clown in France and Europe.  He worked also with Philippe Découflé and Cirque du Soleil in ‘Banana Speel’ and for special events.

He is back in town with THE ROTTEN PLANTAIN for ONE NIGHT ONLY.

 

Monday, August 1 · 9:30pm – 11:00pm


Duo Multicultural Arts Center

 

62 East 4th Street

Get tickets here!

 

 

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Clown Comedy Interview

Interview with Patrick de Valette and Fred Blin

Just before the show on August 26th I was able to get Patrick and Fred (who are performing in the wildly funny THE ROTTEN PLANTAINS) to sneak into a small alley near the 45 Bleecker St. Theatre (Where the show is presently playing) for a quick and brief interview. It was fun to get them on camera. The show THE ROTTEN PLANTAINS is probably one of the funniest clown ensemble shows I have seen is some time. Talented performers in the group include Claudia Carneiro, Julie Ferrier, Wayne Nelson, Daniel Passer along with Patrick and Fred. Using their skills in clown, mime and absurd theatre they combine to make a potpourri of madness, chaos, and funny hysteria for an evening of enjoyable theatre.

Interview with Patrick de Valette and Fred Blin by Jim Moore from Jim Moore on Vimeo.

Interview with Patrick de Valette and Fred Blin by Jim Moore from Jim Moore on Vimeo.

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The Rotten Plantains in French Connection (via Texas and Brazil)

Here are a few visual highlights from this past weekends performance of THE ROTTEN PLANTAINS.
A collection of wild and wonderfully funny clowns that put together an evening of insanity and delightfully funny chaos.
Pictured below are the cast members that come from far and near!

Patrick de Valette – Paris/ Claudio Carneiro – San Paulo  / Julie Ferrier – Paris / Fred Blin – Paris

(Wayne Wilson and Daniel Passer – Not pictured – Will be in the next weeks shows!)

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Guest Artist this past weekend – Arnaud Maillard  &  Amy Gordon – Brooklyn NY

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Patrick de Valette and Fred Blin start the show off.

Patrick de Valette and Fred Blin acting out a fantasy.

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Julie Ferrier

Julie’s character is so wrapped up in her discussion of ‘art’.

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Claudio Carneiro

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Patrick de Valette

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Julie Ferrier

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Amy Gordon – GUEST ARTIST

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Arnaud Maillard – GUEST ARTIST

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Julie Ferrier roller skates herself atop of an innocent audience member in a wonderful routine.

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The Rotten Plantain’s cast take a bow!

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The show was an amazing, hysterical, collage of clowns on their day off!
IT will be running again at 45 Bleecker St Theatre starting on August 26th for 4 Performances ONLY!

Thur Aug 26th at 10:30

Fri Aug 27th at 10:30

Sat Aug 28th at 10:30

Sun Aug 29th at 7pm

Get your tickets HERE.