Clown Cabaret

October 10, 2016, 8PM

Regular performance at
1358 Florida Ave. NE Washington DC

Producers Pauli, Beriss & Potter present:

Dr. Dour and Peach • Mandy Dalton • Stephon Walker •
Jack Voelker •
Karen Beriss • Matthew Pauli • And other surprises

Hosted by Rich Potter!

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*performers subject to change*


Dr. Dour and Peach

Dr. Dour (vocals, 10-string touch-guitar) and Peach (cello, banjo, cute) tell the personal stories of lovesick mummies, giant lizards, bargain-hunting zombies, and other hapless creatures of the night in a cabaret cocktail of original songs. The pair (Toby Mulford and Rachel Spicknall Mulford) is based in Washington, DC (there's good monster-watching there), and has appeared at the Capital Fringe Festival, the Clown Cabaret, and other venues.

Toby Mulford is an educator, actor, and playwright specializing in ensemble-created physical theater. He is the Artistic Director of Faction of Fools Theatre Company and the Associate Artistic Director of Traveling Players Ensemble. He holds an MFA in ensemble-based physical theater from the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. His plays have been produced at the Dell'Arte Company (California), the Brick Playhouse (Philadelphia), and the Festival of Animated Objects (Calgary, Canada).

Rachel Spicknall Mulford is an actor and teaching artist, and on staff at Faction of Fools Theatre Company here in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in Theater from the University of Maryland, and has studied at the National Theater Institute, the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, Gardzienice, and the Center for Movement Theater.


Stephon Walker

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.


Mandy Dalton

Mandy Dalton is a professional comic actress and clown. She has been performing professionally for over 29 years throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Her education in clowning started at the Ringling Brothers Clown College (1982) and her training includes work at the Moscow Art Theater School among many other schools. Her clown credits include work at the John F. Kennedy Center, The Central Intelligence Agency, Arena Stage, and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.


Jack Voelker

It is a little known fact that every time someone says "Jack of All Trades," they are actually referring to Jack Voelker. Jack is consequently owed thousands of dollars in royalties because of this, but for some reason, the major movie studios aren't returning his calls. Jack is an actor, singer, writer, director, dancer, entrepreneur, slam poet, artist, angry feminist, humble egotist, optimistic nihilist, confused millennial, enthused Shakespearean perennial, career services specialist, phenomenal lover, and a great deal many other things but that's beside the point. What IS the point is that Jack is a self *cough*Youtube*cough*-taught miming artist who creates original audio and choreo featuring his character JJ Juniper - a family friendly mime with a heart of gold and nerves of steel (if steel was very soft and afraid of most things). Jack can be found most days shirking his business degree, getting in over his head, and confusing people with his gender. 


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