Clown Cabaret

   October 8, 2012

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

featuring: Rich Potter, Stephon Walker, Rachel Hynes, Evan Young/Scott Nery, Patrick Cashin,

*performers subject to change*


Stephon Walker

Swami Yo at Clown Cabaret

Stephon Walker performs unnatural acts of comedy with shattered glass, rusty nails, a staple gun, razor blades, bondage, a love of pop culture, and a rubber chicken in order to make the world safe for nerds, dorks, and loveable losers. Swami YoMahmi has performed regularly at Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, as well as festivals, conventions, and fairs, and has been featured in documentaries, magazines, news segments, and the books "Carny Sideshows" and "Weird Virginia". He is the founder and artistic director of Washington, DC's premiere sideshow troupe, Cheeky Monkey Sideshow.



Rachel Hynes

Rachel Hynes at Clown Cabaret

Rachel Hynes is an actor, director and teacher of physical and devised theatre. She spent seven years creating a myriad of clown characters and cabaret acts with Seattle's Live Girls Theater, among others. She is the co-founder and co-artistic director of avante garde performance group Helsinki Syndrome. Helsinki Syndrome has appeared in On the Boards Northwest New Works Festival (Seattle), Ontological-Hysteric Incubator (New York) and Camden People's Theatre's Sprint Festival (London). She was most recently seen laughing on the streets because she imagined 1,000 kittens parachuting out of a plane. But really, imagine them in free fall, the moment before they pull the ripcord. Rachel is a proud graduate of LISPA, the London International School of Performing Arts.


Evan Young/Scott Nery

These guys are good!


Patrick Cashin

Patrick Cashin at Clown Cabaret

Professor Patrick “Pat” Cashin (born Mrs. Rabbi Moische Leftkowitz) grew up in a small house at the bottom of a lake in suburban New Jersey. In 1933 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the invention of ice cube flavored underarm deodorant.The esteemed Professor began his long show business career as a ventriloquist in silent films. He holds the Guinness World Record for eating the greatest number of french bread pizzas while standing in a canoe (one). He is the only theoretical physicist to have won the Kentucky Derby three times, and one of only seven to have been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Country Artist of the Year.Yet despite all his many achievements the Professor still puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like you. However, unlike you, he does so over his head.






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