Clown Cabaret

June 11 2018, 8PM

Regular performance at
1358 Florida Ave. NE Washington DC

Producers Pauli, Beriss & Potter present:

Todd Gardner • Sarah Olmsted Thomas & Alex Vernon
Another Guy • Christian Kloc • Pipo  

Rich Potter • Mattew Pauli • and other surprises

Hosted by Karen Beriss!

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*performers subject to change*


Sarah Olmsted Thomas and Alex Vernon

Sarah Olmsted Thomas is a fourth generation artist. She creates and performs original dance and theatre pieces. She is also a professional actor and has worked with Faction of Fools, Washington Shakespeare Company, Synetic Theater, Young Playwrights' Theater, the Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Ambassador Theater, and Factory 449. Sarah studied clown with Le Samovar École de Clown in Paris and physical theatre with the Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia. B.A., Sarah Lawrence College.

Alex Vernon is an actor, street artist, puppeteer, and tinkerer. Originally from Tennessee, he's made the DC area his home for the last 4 years. He's performed locally with Young Playwrights' Theater, Adventure Theatre, Happenstance Theater, and can be found cutting silhouettes on street corners during the weekend


Annetta Dexter-Sawyer

Clown Cabaret has given Annetta the opportunity to try out several characters – earliest was her Silent Stage Hand, her Scusi Lady (buffoon), & her many roles as Nini’ (Auguste-inspired clown) in her duo with Steven Lampredi. Recently she premiered Nino, the mad badass at The Klunch & for this year’s Clown Cabaret finale she’s premiering Nina, the sweet one (a combo clown, buffoon, burlesque-ish bit). She’s now created an entire clan of family members to Nini’!


Hot Todd Lincoln

Hot Todd Lincoln is a Baltimore based emcee, producer, and sideshow performer in the greater Washington, DC area. He connects with audiences using dry wit, bad puns, classic sideshow stunts, and snappy suits. He has hosted and performed in shows throughout the I-95 corridor, also dubbed the Tassel Trail! (He wrote that), as well as far off and mystical lands such as NYC, Falls Church, VA, New Orleans,LA, Washington, DC, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Richmond, VA,...just to name a few. He is the co-producer of Hot Night Productions, and is current emcee for Twisted Knickers Burlesque. He has been a guest emcee for such troupes as Wasabassco Burlesque, Black Tassel Boolesque, Peek-A-Boo Revue, Gilded Lily, Sticky Buns Burlesque, and Birdcage Burlesque.


Christian Kloc

Christian started juggling at six years old and thrives on the thoughtful movement that keeps objects aloft and lively ideas taken down for the record. He grew up in Maryland, but paid frequent visits to his mom's native New York City. Christian's childhood trips to the Big Apple taught him how to tear into a fresh loaf of bread, how to put on a show and how to stand on the subway. He also saw how people -- in an unfathomable blend of attitudes, appearances and talents -- breathe life into a city. Christian graduated from the University of Maryland in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in journalism, after which he immediately started working as a chef (no one is linear!). Aboard the fojol bros. Ethiopian food truck, in the kitchen at Restaurant Nora, and at the helm of Society Fair's pastry program, Christian honed his palate, creativity and adaptability, skills that continue to serve him well as a full-time circus arts performer, producer and educator.


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