Clown Cabaret

Delusions of Grandeur: Comedy, Shakespeare and ChickensFundraiser for the Wilde Lake High School Debate & Speech Team at the Jim Rouse Theater April 30 2013

"This knee-slapping comedy
will have you giggling
like a mad hyena"
--Show Biz Radio

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Delusions of Grandeur

by Clown Cabaret
Delusions of Grandeur featuring Matthew Pauli, Rich Potter and Karen Beriss.
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Three physical comedians
embark on a
valiant quest:
To master

There is only one problem:
They are idiots.

Delusions of Grandeur: Comedy, Clowns and giant chickens from Clown Cabaret on Vimeo.

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!”

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


Rich Potter

Rich Potter as Guido, Clown Cabaret

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.


barMatthew Pauli

Matthew Pauli Clown CabaretMatthew 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

Karen Beriss

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.