by Clown Cabaret
Three physical comedians
embark on a
There is only one problem:
They are idiots.
DC’s critically-acclaimed Clown Cabaret brings its particular blend of theater, comedy and clown nonsense to Columbia’s Jim Rouse Theatre with a performance of “Delusions of Grandeur,” a show that explores the thin line between success and failure through a mix of vaudeville, Shakespeare and catastrophic fun, Saturday, April 30th at 7:30 p.m.
In this high-octane, slapstick comedy, three well-meaning, but misguided clowns build a theater, produce a variety show, and get attacked by a 6-foot chicken. The show devolves into Shakespeare, pies and laughter. Suitable for all ages, but recommended for ages 12 and up, “Delusions of Grandeur” combines a little magic, a little music and a lot of absurdity.
Washington, DC’s Show Biz Radio says “Cleverly put together...this knee slapping comedy will have you giggling like a mad hyena.” DC Theater Scene calls the show “High octane slapstick! A seriously funny farce that would be a shame to miss!”
As a fundraiser for the Wilde Lake High School Speech and Debate team, the program starts with students from the award winning team demonstrating why they are champions. Help the team get to the national championship meet in May! They’ve earned their spots, but they can’t go without your help.
Creators Rich Potter, Matthew Pauli and Karen Beriss founded Clown Cabaret in 2010 as a laboratory for physical comedy in the Nation’s Capital. Delusions of Grandeur has emerged from those hilarious experiments.
Clown Cabaret Presents: Delusions of Grandeur
Clown Cabaret a monthly performance laboratory
for Clowns on the cutting edgein the Nation's Capital.
Rich Potter, Co-Producer has 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 venues domestically and in dozens of other countries have gotten him a laugh or two.
Matthew Pauli, Co-Producer, 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.
Karen Beriss, co-producer, 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.