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Joey Joey – Washington Square Street Performer film – 1989

JOEY JOEY – A film by Ilse Somers

Shot entirely in Washington Square Park during one of Joey-Joey’s performances. Ilse Somers (High Heels, Low Tide 2012) assembled a great camera crew and shot some wonderful footage of Joey performing live. This kind of performance was a regular occurrence in the park. Many other performers took this spot to entertain the ‘built-in’ audiences. Charlie Barnett was one of the other comedians that got his start in this park.

I was friends with Joseph Colon (lost contact after he moved to Europe) and I had the chance to document many of his performances as well as some shots in the studio. Here is one of them.

I really miss those days in Washington Square Park in the late 1980’s. It was a hot bed for great talent working on their material. Like a 20th Century Vaudeville circuit at home in NYC!

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Philippe Petit and Marcel Marceau improvise in Washington Sq. Park – 03/1983

Appeared in Village Voice/Howard Smith Scenes Column in the March 29th issue of 1983.

Marcel Marceau was in town performing his one-man show at City Center and coordinated to meet Philippe Petit in Washington Square Park.

They did a short improvisation before Marcel Marceau had to go uptown to prepare for his show. I happened to be there to take these photographs!