Clown Cabaret

   August 13, 2012

Clown Cabaret
Regular performance at
607 New York Ave. NW Washington DC

featuring: Alex Vernon, Rich Potter, Michael Rosman, Chuck Flayhart, Justin Kase,
Elmo T. Gibbs, and Karen Beriss

*performers subject to change*


Alex Vernon

Alex Vernon at Clown Cabaret

Alex Vernon is an actor, street artist, puppeteer, and tinkerer. Originally from Tennessee, he's made the DC area his home for the last 4 years. He's performed locally with Young Playwrights' Theater, Adventure Theatre, Happenstance Theater, and can be found cutting silhouettes on street corners during the weekend.



Michael Rosman

Comedy Juggler Michael Rosman loves to perform. His smart, original and clean humor has provided 20 years of laughs on more than 25 cruise ships, at more than 125 colleges, a few Las Vegas and Atlantic City Casinos and for more than 1000 corporate and festival events around the world.

Michael Rosman at Clown Cabaret


Chuck Flayhart

Chuck Flayhart's stage show mixes juggling, magic, and amazing feats of skill with a touch of comedy and hi-jinx. Add a dash of fire-eating, whip-cracking, or diabolo spinning as appropriate for your venue, and you are guaranteed to add sparkle and spice to any event.


Chuck Flayhart at Clown Cabaret


Justin Kase

Justin Kase at Clown Cabaret in Washington DC

Justin Kase is an actor, comedian, and swell guy. He has studied with Washington Improv Theater (WIT)

Elmo T. Gibbs

Elmo's old-school approach to the art form has given him a career which has spanned decades and continents. A former Boss Clown for Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus, he now is owner, ringmaster, and head janitor for the Teeny Weeny Circus.

Elmo Gibb at Clown Cabaret in Washington DC



Matthew Pauli

Matthew Pauli, co-Producer of Clown Cabaret, is a 1991 graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and has been clowning ever since. He appears regularly at corporate events, street festivals, fairs and picnics and in his stage shows. His work as a clown has taken him around the U.S. and as far as Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since 1999, he has been proud to be part of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Program, performing at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. For 6 years he toured with The Big Apple Circus sharing the role of Grandma with creator and International Clown Hall of Fame inductee Barry Lubin.

Matthew Pauli Clown Cabaret

Karen Beriss

Karen Beriss

Karen Beriss, co-producer and emcee of this month's Clown Cabaret has been a professional magician for over 15 years. Performing at trade shows around the world, her magic and dry sense of humor - combined with corporate messaging skills - have captured the eyes of the press including National Public Radio, Market Place and The Wall Street Journal. She is super excited to have just joined the Big Apple Circus Clown Care program performing at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Karen is a regular at The Comedy Zone in Washington DC. She trained in improv and acting with Second City in New York. And she has performed for celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Kirstie Alley, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, the Washington Capitals and Robert Goulet. Most recently she worked with Leon Redbone. Plus, Karen’s mom thinks Karen is funny – so it must be true.


Rich Potter

Rich Potter is a co-producer and frequent performer for Clown Cabaret. He's studied with Ringling Bros, Maine's Celebration Barn Theater, and Nouveau Clown Institute in Barcelona, Spain, and still hasn't attained his dream of knowing anything.

His appearances on the David Letterman Show, at the Vice Presidential Mansion, in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and other venues domestically and in dozens of other countries have gotten him a laugh or two.


Rich Potter as Guido, Clown Cabaret
Photo Credit: Silly Human Tricks Photography