The Comedy/Varietè Artists

These artists will be performing in the 2017 festival. More artists are being added every week, so please check back often for the latest news.

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Al Simmons

In the tradition of the great comedy kings, Danny Kaye, Spike Jones and Jimmy Durante comes Al Simmons - a man dedicated to the all but lost art of combining comedy, with song, dance, magic, sight gags...

Alex Bistrevsky

Alex Bistrevsky is a Los Angeles based comedy performer & variety circus entertainer specializing in: Circus street performance, ambient roaming entertainment for live events, custom-tailored acts for...

Alex Zerbe

With the energy of 1,000 suns, The Zaniac shines like a comedy beacon as he bounces from one end of the stage to the other like an untamed rubber band. Alex Zerbe is a Seattle native and was voted t he...

Alexander Makardish

Alexander Mak Commedia dell'Arte, puppetry, music, clown, mask-making, stage, and screen acting, Alexander Makardish has indeed taken his talents & training in several directions and this year we are...

Allez-OOPS

Allez-OOPS! brings back classic vaudeville acts with a comic twist. Married duo Rob & Miss Jane invites the audience to play with them as they dance on glass wine bottles, jump rope on stilts and even...

Amy Engelhardt

AMY ENGELHARDT was the sole female member of Grammy-nominated, genre-busting, Seattle-based vocal quartet The Bobs from 1998-2011, which is when she fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. Her insanely...

Amy G

Amy Gordon is a revolutionary comedienne (she spins around a lot, anyway). The granddaughter of The Little Giant, a vaudevillian acrobat/ukulele playing song and dance man of little renown but vast appeal,...

Andrey Moraru

Andrey Moraru was born in Moldova, a former Soviet Union republic. Always fascinated by body movement, martial arts and Circus performances witnessed at a young age in a State Circus, Andrey joined a Circus...

Ariele Ebacher

Ariele Ebacher elevates the art of tight wire, one moment gracefully gliding across the wire and the next moment kicking off her heels (literally) and breaking out in dance. She is the premier wire dancer...

Armitage Shanks

Armitage Shanks is an international circus and cabaret MC, performer, educator and director. He was co-founder and Ringmaster of Seattle’s Circus Contraption. He has a starring role as “Johnny Valentine”...

Avner the Eccentric

Avner Eisenberg was one a handful of 1970s street performers who took their acts into theaters and, along with the Flying Karamazov Brothers and others, gave birth to the New Vaudeville movement. Even...

Baby Gramps

According to an article in the special issue City of Music in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Baby Gramps is acknowledged as one of the top 50 most influential musicians in the last 100 years along with...

Baudboys

The Baudboys are current and former Microsoft employees who have sung great a cappella music for more than 25 years. Besides winning the Pacific NW Harmony Sweepstakes twice, the group has co-headlined...

Bill Robison

Bill Robison is a physical comedian. His performances are a synthesis of outlandish comedy, an elastic face, a penchant for the absurd and a reckless sense of abandon. He has performed on cruise ships,...

Bobs

The Bobs are taking their last trip around the block. This is not your run-of-the-mill a cappella quartet -- not by a long shot. Now in its third decade of musical mayhem, The Bobs’ Grammy-nominated musical...

Camille Swift

Smoldering at the core of Camille Swift's artistic vision is a quest to find beauty and elegance in what is savage and strange. Swift is a Chicago-based circus artist, specializing in static trapeze and...

Carla Ulbrich

Carla Ulbrich, President of the Difficult Last Name Club and former member of the defunct trio Girls Gone Funny is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist from South Carolina currently living in New...

Charlie Brown

If you catch Charlie Brown off stage and you and he have the time, try to get him to tell you a story of his travels. Some of the experiences themselves would be of interest with anyone’s telling but hearing...

Chicken Sinatra

Principally bred in the remote wilds of Austria for personal pleasure, a few have seen the sights of Paris, and this one never looked back. During an initial tour of Asia, several unfortunate instances...

Choroloco

Stuart Zobel on seven string guitar, Brandi Ledferd on percussion and Naoyuki Sawada playing Cavaquinho and mandolin ... together they are Choroloco! Authentic Brazillian rhythms in the Pacific Northwest....

Christian Swenson

Christian Swenson is a shaman of delight. A solitary performer dreaming out loud in the wilderness of the bodyvoice; he interweaves the mysterious and the obvious with immediacy, power and vulnerability....

Clay Martin's Puppet Theater

Beginning with a street show in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Clay has now performed in theaters and festivals around the world. A master of all forms of the ancient art of puppetry, including hand puppets,...

Coventry & Kaluza

COVENTRY & KALUZA: Jamie Coventry is a harmonica addict and eccentric juggler. Natasha Kaluza is the Super Duper Hula Hooper. Together they are Coventry & Kaluza! Clown school sweethearts and graduates...

Curtis Carlyle

With a style all his own, Curtis fuses world class juggling skills and fresh, innovative comedy. A featured performer with the nationally touring Do Jump! Extremely Physical Theatre, Curtis now performs...

Della Moustachella

A combination of clowning, physical theater, comedy, improv, and circus skills is how someone might describe what Della Moustachella does, but not Della. Instead, she's more likely to fake trip over something...

Doc Sprinsock and the SANCApators

Doc Sprinsock and the SANCApators are the fabulously eclectic house band for SANCA, the Seattle circus school. When Fabio Sprinsock was born on a cold, gray Seattle morning, he was so surprised he didn't...

Dr. Calamari & Acrophelia

The good but creepy doctor and his cool-skinned lover are remarkably nimble for those who teeter on the brink of life and death. Dr. Loligo Calamari and Acrophelia (A.K.A Jason Williams and Evelyn Bittner),...

Dr. Owl

You guys! ... Dr. Owl has nearly 100 species of houseplants! Okay, that has nothing to do with the performances that he'll present at this year's Moisture Festival. He has many performance skills so we...

Dream Frohe

Dream aspires to move like she means it-to approach her art with presence and wonder and offer her audience a uniquely engaging experience. She has been performing aerial dance since 2007 and she is...

Duo Rêves

Internationally acclaimed Duo Rêves is the creative collaboration of Quynbi and Eric Esteb, co-creators of whirlwind aerial/shadow show 'Into the Dreaming'. Bringing dramatic spectacle and glamorous levity...

Duo Rose

The passionate, romantic trapeze performance of Duo Rose combines unique dynamic elements with aerial contortion. The seamless flow of highly technical skills and intense passion creates a fluid aerial...

Eric Apoe

The experience of Eric Apoe is a walk through a cinematic time capsule, his lyrical masterworks chill the soul and enlighten the mind. Comparisons have ranged from Eric Burden to Bob Dylan, from Nick Cave...

Esther de Monteflores

Esther de Monteflores is a circus artist, physical performer and choreographer based in Bellingham, Washington. de Monteflores' unique take on circus performance has been seen across North America....

Evgeny Vasilenko

Evgeny Vasilenko is the new representative of a renowned circus family. He was born in Moscow, Russia where he attended elementary school. In 1992 he started rehearsal as a circus performer with The National...

Ezra Weill

It all started when Ezra’s dad taught him how to juggle; after that there was no stopping him. As a youth he was performing street shows at local Seattle Festivals. After refining his skills at The School...

Famiglia Gentile

After 18 years of training and traveling the world teaching, directing, and performing circus Carlo & Orlene are now temporarily semi-long term Seattle residents and Artists-in-Residence at the School...

Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra

Originally the Freiberg Philharmonium, the Fremont Philharmonic couldn't get a gig in town, as everyone in the little Alsatian town was in the band. Neighboring villages suspected with so much talent in...

Fugazi

Veterans of Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, Stephan Choiniere & Lina Tabakova team up to present a new collaboration in an act called Fugazi. this performance has the spectacular choreography and...

Godfrey Daniels

Moisture Festival regulars know Godfrey Daniels as one of our own. We’ve met his family and learned his ways. We’ve come to know what frustrates him and what makes him happy. We’ve seen him struggle and...

Harry Levine

Harry Levine graduated Clark University with a BA in music and in 1984, he founded the satirical theater and musical group called Citizens Band. They toured the West and by the late '80s Harry added work...

Henrik Bothe

Born in Denmark, Henrik Bothe took a turn from the road to becoming an engineer and strayed down the performing lane in 1980. He now engineers clever and unusual ways of entertaining audiences all over...

High Spirits

Moisture Festival favorites Jan Damm and Ariele Ebacher have formed a partnership to present a new act at the 2017 Moisture Festival. We know the quality of their solo work and the intriguing photo has...

Hilby ... Skinny German Juggling Boy

As a boy growing up in Berlin, young Hilby boasted no traumatic childhood experiences and exhibited no particular talents other than making funny faces at strangers and, as Hilby himself describes it,...

Hoop Duality

Hoop Duality combines the skills and grace of Kirra Lien & Jody Poth, two proud Seattle natives. After years of dancing, Jody started doing circus arts in 2011, initially with solo Trapeze. Jody continued...

Hot Damn Scandal

Hot Damn Scandal finds its songs under park benches and in forgotten alleyways. The resulting outlaw ballads, dirty jazz, circus freakouts, ragtime sea-shanties, string band funk, lonesome heart-breakers,...

Iman Lizarazu

Iman Lizarazu was born in a small village in the Basque region of France, where her family has lived for over 800 years. ************************************* Iman’s early years were spent in both the...

Jan Damm

Jan Damm began performing juggling shows for kids in central Maine when he was 12 years old. Since then he has toured nationally and around the world as a professional clown and circus artist. Highlights...

Jason Mejias

Jason is a Circus, Cabaret and Variety performer and has been working in the New York City Nightlife scene since 2009 as a regular performer at venues like Galapagos Art Space, The Slipper Room, The Bridges...

Jason Victor Serinus

Once you hear Jason, you’ll understand why the Seattle Times classical music critic chose his name,, Serinus, for the genus of songbirds that includes canaries. In the world of musical whistlers, JVS stands...

Jason Webley

The Wikipedia entry on Jason Webley describes his music as a combination of folk, gypsy, and punk. It goes on to say that he quit his day job in the spring of 1998, hopped on a Greyhound bus with the intention...

Jesse Finkelstein

Here are some comments made about Jesse on social media: "I give you thunderous applause and raise a glass to you Jesse! U are doing an amazing job and obviously loving what u are doing. It looks good...

Joey Pipia

Mind-Bending Wonder. Unforgettable Entertainment. Fast, funny, and amazing, audiences roll with laughter, gasp in stunned surprise, and leave every show feeling elated, inspired, and awed by this magician’s...

John Carney

is no ordinary "magician". His approach is smart, engaging and always surprising. He is widely acknowledged as one of the top sleight of hand magicians in the world with smart, unique, and often hilarious...

Johnnyjetpack presents: "Junior's report"

Whether he's bringing us Junior or gas propelled Johnny Jetpack speeding skyward at 50+ mph (in about one second), or YouTube favorites Flaming Anus or the incredible and hilarious Cordless Drill Breakdance,...

JuggleMania

"Is a children's festival held when you plant them or when you harvest them?" Rhys Thomas' JuggleMania show avoids answering this question by constantly shifting focus from prop-play to word-play in a...

Kamikaze FireFlies

Sexy meets circus! Bludgeoning audiences with wit, crushing them with whimsey, and tearing them a new laugh hole ... It's the Kamikaze FireFlies! Rob Williams is a Moisture Festival favorite. He joined...

Karen Quest

Dubbed "America’s Funniest Cowgirl", Karen has been blazing a trail since 1998 with her one-woman Cowgirl Tricks comedy show. Skillful trick roping, whip cracking and improvisational kooky cowgirl shenanigans...

Kerfuffle

Sarah Liane Foster, performer, creator, and teacher of clown and movement-based theatre has joined forces with Linda Severt who has spent years as a medical clown performer and organizer for New York's...

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy has been performing his exuberant, comic and slightly mad poetry for over 35 years. Kevin has toured throughout the Northwest and beyond as a member of the entertainment/ education extravaganza...

Lady Heather

Lady Heather studied voice in Glasgow, Scotland and impressed us by singing "O mio babbino caro", a soprano aria from the opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini to a libretto by Giovacchino Forzano....

Louie Foxx

Louie Foxx celebrated his interest in childish pursuits even before the birth of his child gave him "... a valid excuse to go to the zoo once a week and build forts out of the sofa cushions." He spent...

Master Payne

Master Payne once again has made the long and arduous journey from the mysterious realm of Wallingford so that he can grace the stage at the Moisture Festival and entertain us with his unique brand of...

Matthew "Poki" McCorkle

Matthew "Poki" McCorkle is a mime and object illusionist specializing in hoop isolations. His solo performance has traveled to Nürnberg Germany (Palazzo Dinner Show), Dubai (Cirque Éloize), The Philippines...

Matthew Bob

Matthew Stull has been one of The Bobs ever since that Grammy nominated Emmy telecast performing, NPR Morning Edition commenting A cappella performance group has been in existence (36 years) and we've...

Max Bromista

Twelve years old and standing in the spotlight with a mic delivering stand-up comedy about his dad, his school life and his president. Some groan-ups might be surprised by this Seattle boy's insouciant...

Maxim Voronin

Last spring, Teatro Zinzanni presented to Seattle a wonderful edition of their afternoon shows, this one was called "Big Top Rock: Dream On" in which they featured a number of young performers working...

Miss Ekaterina

Ekaterina was born and raised in Russia. She began performing at the age of five as a rhythmic gymnast and became a member of the Russian National team, competing successfully in numerous international...

Mud Bay Jugglers

Masters of levity is several senses of the term. Mudbay has brought their innovative approach to juggling for over 35 years now. They’ve passed some of their knowledge and experience on while passing clubs....

Naked Truth

The Naked Truth show band. Their name? We looked up Naked Truth on the internet and found this story explaining the source of that idiom since the late 1500s: Truth and Falsehood went bathing, Falsehood...

NANDA

The NANDA experience is a high-energy, unrelenting blast of action and excited humor. You will be enraptured by this dynamic show, a tidal wave of acrobatics, dance, juggling and crazy Kung Fu acro-fighting,...

Noah Mickens

Noah Howard Mickens (born February 18) is an American performance artist, showman, and writer from Portland, Oregon, primarily known for his contributions to vaudevillian revival, and as a ringmaster and...

Pamela Donohoo & Mei Wang

Pamela is an international performing artist: aerialist, dancer, acrobat and choreographer. Previous performances include commercials, award shows, events, educational series, and theatrical shows, including...

Paper Doll Militia

"Spellbound" is a duo hammock act that is choreographed and performed by the Los Angeles based artists, Rain Anya and Lena Alani. Lena is a professional performer and aerial arts instructor and has been...

PepperJill & Jack

Stephen and Shannon O'Bent are PepperJill & Jack. They are joining us from Astoria, Queens, New York (via Greenwood) and they say that they play "Songs about travel, love, the Beatles, trombonists, birthdays,...

Peter Pitofsky

When teaching clown classes Peter Pitofsky advises his students to respond to their childish impulses "No judgment. And don't be nervous, not around me. There'll never be a bigger moron in the room than...

Randy Cabral

Randy Cabral has been dazzling audiences worldwide for the past 15 years with his unique blend of highly interactive, action packed comedy and juggling. He has performed over 5000 shows at Walt Disney...

Rob Torres

Whether he's changing his clothes, setting the table, or just sitting down, Rob Torres has a unique way of finding absurdity in everyday tasks. His award winning international comedy has made Rob one...

Rob Williams

No telling what he has planned this time but the last time we saw this character perform solo at the Moisture Festival his act consisted of removing meat from plastic packages, peeling plastic wrap off...

Ron Pearson's Mystery Wonder Show

Ron Pearson has performed his unique brand of festival magic around the world for over 25 years. He is equally skilled at performing legerdemain for audiences of 10 to over 1000. Ron is a recipient of...

Ron W. Bailey

There are many people whose hard work and creativity makes the Moisture Festival happen but there is one without whom it wouldn't have been an option. Ron W. Bailey is an entertainer, band leader, singer,...

Room Circus

Using a playful, interactive approach, Room Circus medical clowns use music, physical comedy, improvisation and circus arts to help transform the health care environment at Seattle Children's Hospital...

Rose-City Acro Devils

The RAD Acrobatic Circus sets its sights on pushing the limits of possibility. Combining Acrobatics, Theatre and Comedy into group performances, RAD provides a unique stage experience that will leave you...

Sandy

Our darling Sandy is a vaudeville chanteuse, roller dancer, and Moisture Festival founding member.

Simon Neale

Simon Neale- One of the founders of the Festival, gained his sense of humor studying the art of English Music Halls. In his teens working at the Holiday camps, along the British coast, honing his skills...

Smirk!

Physical comedian and maniacal goofball Reid Belstock and innovative juggling ace and straight man Warren Hammond have teamed up to bring you their hilarious and incredible new show, Smirk! Described as...

Snake Suspenderz

Snake Suspenderz, a quartet featuring vocals, ukulele, trombone, guitar, tuba and drums, call their music "cartoon jazz." They play a relentlessly quirky blend of novelty songs and hits of the 1920's...

Splinter Dance Company

Splinter Dance Company, under the umbrella of ajusticenetwork and the fiscal sponsorship of Shunpike, is composed of a diverse group of professional dancers from Seattle who have come together to enhance...

Stefano Iaboni

Producer, managing director and comedy host Stefano Iaboni is an international actor/performer/director and teacher born and raised in Rome ... yes, that Rome. He moved to the Netherlands and enrolled...

Sylvia Rose

As a member of the aerial team, Duo Rose, Sylvia's work in the air is a well known wonder among the performers in America's and Europe's Varieté/New Vaudeville scene. Her solo contortion performance was...

Tempo Turn

‘Tempo Turn’ was created by Carly Sheridan and Ivan Dotsenko, it skillfully blends Chinese Pole skills with adagio fluidity. The pole rotates as Carly and Ivan intertwine themselves in unbelievable jaw...

Teresa Tudury

Teresa Tudury is an absolute original. From her San Francisco roots to the Greek Islands to New York and LA where she performs her music and/or as a comedian, she has a loyal following. One paper described...

Thomas John

Thomas John is excited to be returning to the Moisture Fest after taking some time off to compete in America's Got Talent and tour the German variety theater circuit. Thomas blends comedy and juggling...

Tom Noddy

Tom has done something unique in show business ... he created a new kind of act. When Tom Noddy first took his performance of Bubble Magic onto the Tonight Show in the early '80s (the first of 3 such performances...

Zero Boy

Zero Boy is an East Village icon and vocal acrobat. His solo comedic routines have been featured throughout the U.S. and Europe in theater, vaudeville, burlesque, television and radio. Known as the...

zoom ----- Moisture Festival Volunteer Staff

This is a cropped photo of a fraction of the many volunteers that worked together to staff a recent Moisture Festival. Many of these hard working happy folk will be back to work for the pleasure of being...