Clown Cabaret

February 8, 2016, 8PM

Clown Cabaret
Regular performance at
1358 Florida Ave. NE Washington DC

Producers Pauli, Beriss & Potter present:

Hot& Bothered • Francisco Benavides • Rich Potter

Marsha Gallagher • Matthew Kaiser

Hosted by Karen Beriss!

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*performers subject to change*


Hot & Bothered

Oliver Hot and Stanley Bothered are baggy pants performers of the Neo-Vaudeville tradition. They incorporate banter, comedy, clown, music, magic and nonsense to bring a change of pace to the burlesque scene and beyond.

They are an extension of the longstanding tradition of the comedy-musical duo: from Abbot and Costello, through the Smothers Brothers and on to Flight of the Conchords.

Hot and Bothered tip their hats 1920's Vaudevillian period, embracing the aesthetic and style of that era, and strive to bring it to the modern stage."

Oliver Hot and Stanley Bothered at Washington DC's February 8, 2016 performance of Clown Cabaret


Francisco Benavides

We love all of our beautiful and talented performers so much that

as soon as they provide promotional material, it goes on the website


Marsha Gallagher

Marsha Gallagher has clowned around for kids and families since the 1970s. She has watched the art of clowning give way to mechanical perofrmance of producing balloon animals and painting faces. Recently she decided to join the Clown Cabaret performers in returning clowning to its roots and making it about fun, play, and social commentary.

Marsha Gallagher at Washington DC's February 8, 2016 performance of Clown Cabaret


Matthew Kaiser

Matthew Kaiser at Washington DC's February 8, 2016 performance of Clown Cabaret
photo by Photos by Kintz

Matt Kaiser has been doing stand up comedy, improvisation, mime, clowning and fun things with props since 2006. Matt graduated from Towson University in 2010 with a BS in Theatre. Since graduating, Matt has taken improvisation and writing classes at Second City in Chicago, and he regularly visits Towson University to assist students for Towson's Techniques in Comedy class. Currently, Matt is teaching a comedy workshop at the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism at Towson, and is also developing independent comedy workshops for the Maryland and DC area.


Matthew Pauli, Co-Producer

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 at Clown Cabaret April 13, 2015 at Logan-Fringe Arts Center

Karen Beriss, Co-Producer

Karen Beriss at Clown Cabaret April 13, 2015 at Logan-Fringe Arts Center

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, Co-Producer

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 at Clown Cabaret April 13, 2015 at Logan-Fringe Arts Center
Photo Credit: Silly Human Tricks Photography