Clown Cabaret

  April 14, 2014, 8PM

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

Producers Pauli, Beriss & Potter present:

Jonathon Burns • Rachel Hynes • Toasty Matzohcracker •
Kolleen & Bobby Kintz
• and Elena Day & Co.

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*performers subject to change*


Jonathon Burns

Jonathan Burns always thought he was special. He was the kind of kid who would put his leg over his head at the family reunion or perform musical armpit farts to impress the girls. In 2004, contorting his body and impressing people with his unusual talents became his full-time job. Since then he has performed at over 250 colleges & universities, at festivals across the US, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, & the UK and was recently featured on the Jay Leno Show & the Late Show with David Letterman. When he’s not performing he can usually be found in an airport terminal or spending time with his lovely wife & daughter (I guess the armpit farts worked!).


Jonathon Burns at Clown Cabaret April 14 2014 Washington DC Fort Fringe Theater


Toasty Matzohcracker & Karen Beriss

Toasty Matzohcracker and Karen Beriss at Clown Cabaret April 14 2014 Washington DC Fort Fringe Theater

Toasty Poocracker is an actor, educator, graphic and web designer, and clown. Recent acting credits include a national tour with the American Shakespeare Center of The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, and Henry Vin repertory; Richard III and Pride & Prejudice with the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ; Proof with TheatreFest; A Midsummer Night's Dream with the American Globe Theatre; and the film Cult of Sincerity, recently broadcast on PBS. He has also taught workshops and classes in Classical Text, Acting Shakespeare, and Clown as a teaching artist for the Shakespeare Theatre Company and at other venues including Broadway Theatre Workshop, Knox College, and The Center for Baroque & Renaissance Studies' summer program. He received his MFA at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. BFA, Montclair State University.



Kolleen and Bobby Kintz

Kolleen and Bobby Kintz are volunteers with Clowns Without Borders, an international non-profit spreading joy and laughter to children in zones of crisis. They most recently traveled to Haiti for a two week performance tour. You can see these two again at CWB's 3rd annual DC fundraiser, Black Ties Red Noses, on May 30th. Don't miss this elegant night of nonsense, featuring a 3-course meal and aerial entertainment from TSNY DC.


Kolleen and Bobby Kintz at Clown Cabaret April 14 2014 Washington DC Fort Fringe Theater


Rachel Hynes

Rachel Hynes at Clown Cabaret April 14 2014 Washington DC Fort Fringe Theater

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.



Elena Day

Elena Day is a DC-based director, performer and teacher. DC CREDITS: on the nOse (Roundhouse Theater, Director/Producer), REGIONAL CREDITS: A Civil War Christmas (Center Stage, Assistant Director), Cirque du Charme (Artscape, Director/Writer). NATIONAL CREDITS: (upcoming) Hair (Mad Cow Theatre, Director), on the nOse (The Brick Theater, NY and Orlando Fringe Festival, Director/Producer), Cirque Mechanics (National Tour, Lead Clown), La Nouba (Cirque du Soleil, Lead Character). INTERNATIONAL: Cirque du Soleil (CDS Events, Lead Character). EDUCATION: Oberlin College, L'Ecole Internationale du Theatre Jacques Lecoq, Studio Theater Directing Class.

Elena Day at Clown Cabaret April 14 2014 Washington DC Fort Fringe Theater



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 in Washington, DC

Karen Beriss

Karen Beriss, Clown Cabaret in Washington, DC

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 nothing.

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


Rich Potter, Clown Cabaret in Washington, DC
Photo Credit: Silly Human Tricks Photography