Clown Cabaret

  November 10, 2014, 8PM

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

Producers Pauli, Beriss & Potter present:

Nick NewlinRachel Hynes • 
Kevin Brown • Robert Bowen Smith
• Lampredi & Sawyer
Rich Potter • Karen Beriss • Matthew Pauli

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*performers subject to change*


Nick Newlin

In 1982 the character of Nicolo the Gypsy Juggler was born at the Maryland Renaissance Fair, and in 1986 Nick joined forces with wife Joanne Flynn and they became "NicoloWhimsey," traveling this great land of ours and living in a pop-up trailer. NicoloWhimsey has also performed in Europe and Asia. In 1996 Nick garnered a Master's Degree in Theater with an emphasis on Play Directing from The University of MD College Park.

Now Nicolo the Jester performs for children and families year-round, while adding an annual Winter-Spring residency with the Folger , directing a group of DC Public High School students in a Shakespeare play. He has managed to write an 18-book series entitled The 30-Minute Shakespeare. In his spare time, he plays Rock'n'Roll keyboards and accordion in a band called Zydeco Jed, walks the dogs in the woods, swims, and listens to all kinds of music all the time.

Nicolo the Juggler at Clown Cabaret in Washington DC


Pipo & Nini

Stephen Lampredi and Annetta Dexter-Sawyer at November 2014 Clown Cabaret in Washington DC

Steven (Pipo) considers himself to be a very silly person. As a member of Ship's Company Chanteymen he has sung traditional songs at historical festivals around the Mid- Atlantic for the past fifteen years. He is also the founder and artistic director of New Old Theater which has been reviving melodramas and farces from the 1800's.

Annetta Dexter Sawyer (Nini) has studied and performed with Faction of Fools


Rachel Hynes

Rachel Hynes is a devisor and experimental theatre artist. She also loves comedy, so here she is. The piece you will see if part of her latest show, Half Life (a zombie love letter for no one), opening January 29, 2015 as part of the season at the Mead Theatre Lab. Rachel earned her MFA in devised and physical theatre from Naropa University at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA).


Rachel Hynes at November 2014 Clown Cabaret in Washington DC


Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown at Clown Cabaret in Washington DC

Kevin, a native of Baltimore, made his break into show business at the age of 17 street performing at Baltimore's famed Inner Harbor. After graduating from high school he attended the world famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College where he was chosen to perform and travel with The Greatest Show on Earth. Kevin eventually ran away from the circus and joined a home. Since leaving the circus Kevin has appeared globally with his amazing antic-driven comedy. With appearances in Shanghai China, the White House and Frederick's Summerfest Theatre. Kevin is currently Asst. Artistic Director for Theatricks in Frederick, MD.


Robert Bowen Smith

Robert Bowen Smith began studying clown in 2006 when he trained with Commedia Maestro, Antonio Fava. This is his first venture with Clown Cabaret and he's honored to be in such prestigious company. Just recently Smith received company membership with Synetic Theater Company. He has also worked with American Shakespeare Center, Imagination Stage, and Flying V Theater Company. Smith earned an MFA in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature from Mary Baldwin College in 2008.

Rober Bowen Smith at Washington DC's Clownc Cabaret November 10 2014


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