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Vaudevisuals interview with Mr. & Mrs. G – Crossbow Stunts

Mr. & Mrs. G – Crossbow Stunts

I was fortunate to meet these two adorable performers at The Bindlestiff Open Stage last week. They were standing amongst a crowd of performers all of whom I knew. But I didn’t know them. So I introduced myself and we had a great conversation and arranged a time to do this wonderful interview.

Now I have to see their act ‘in person’. Hopefully, we will cross paths again soon.

MR. & MRS. G. a.k.a. Ottavio Gesmundo & Naomi Brenkman-Gesmundo are professionals with extensive performing credits that include The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Britney Spears Circus Tour (opening video segment), Spider-Man Live! At Radio City Music Hall & National Tour, Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde, Paris Television Show and the First International Company of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida Musical in The Netherlands.

They are performing currently in The Box.

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And here is a video of their amazingly great work!

You can check out their schedule and see more videos on their site HERE!

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Besides being a terrific performer Ottavio has also co-authored a book about his grandfather’s career in show business in the early 20th Century.

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The Grand Gypsy is indeed fascinating and highly enjoyable reading, not only for anyone interested in circus history but also for any curious or adventurous mind.”  – Dominique Jando – Editor, Circopedia.org

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More information about his book can be found on the website here.

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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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