Tag Archive | clown

Slapstick Festival 2013 – Peter Lord and Nick Park in Conversation

A packed cinema in the Bristol Watershed was a perfect setting for this very modest evening with the two giants of British animation. Peter Lord lead most of the evening in authoritative style, with regular contributions from the charmingly self-effacing Nick Park. There was no intention of a lecture-style through-line to the evening, but throughout the […]

Performer Analysis: Chaplin (or A Kick Up My Backside!)

I had been feeling rather pleased with myself. I had worked out that I’d performed thousands of live shows to over half a million people; I felt that I had a developed a high level of understanding of the process of clowning and visual comedy; and I had just finished making four short slapstick films, which […]

The New Slapstick Film NOW AVAILABLE!

Things have been manic getting the first New Slapstick films through post-production. We are so pleased with the results. And here’s a sneak peek… You can download each episode for just £1.99 Or, if you’re in the UK,you can get the luxuriously packaged DVD! (A perfect stocking filler!) While the proper website is being created, […]

Performer Analysis: George Carl

There are better quality clips of George Carl on youtube, but this is my favourite. The audience is right behind him which gives a great fluency and sharpness to his schtick. George Carl is probably best known to modern audiences for his role in the film “Funny Bones” as an old variety entertainer who never speaks. Carl is […]

How to be Wild

Having read Stefan Kanfer’s biography of Groucho Marx, it is clear that the Marx Brother’s greatness comes from performing thousands of shows, day after day, week after week. This is the case for most vaudeville performers – but I think repetition provides something unique for clowns  – something different to the obvious benefits of practice needed by skills-based […]

Performer Analysis: Bill Irwin

It’s strange how a world opens up to you when you start exploring. In the 1990’s my emerging obsession with visual comedy led me down some bizarre avenues. One of these was buying a book called Modern and Post Modern Mime by Thomas Leahbart. It was such a strange title that I couldn’t resist! That book […]

Performer Analysis: Dick Van Dyke

I know what you’re thinking: “Chim chimerney chim chim cheroo!”. Or maybe “Evurrybuddy’s ‘appy win Mahry Poppun’s izintown.” Or if you’re really young, “Diagnosis Murder”. But go with me on this, because Dick van Dyke is one of my favourite performers. Most people wouldn’t think of van Dyke as a slapstick comedian. We’re used to […]