The Comedy/Varietè Artists

These artists performed in the 2016 festival. Stay tuned for 2017 artists

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Aga-Boom

AGA-BOOM is rooted in the unique European theatrical style and universal language of clowning, it cuts through the barriers of language and culture with the art of slapstick, the humor of physical comedy...

AJ Silver

AJ Silver combines trick roping, bullwhip artistry, boleadoras and humor to create a high energy western variety act. With his whips ropes and bolas flying through the air, he presents a dramatic...

Alan Plotkin

Alan Plotkin is a member of the Moisture family. He is never on stage but he and his video camera have been welcome audience members for many years now and many of us have benefited from his work. Alan's...

Alchemy Tap Project

Seattle's own Alchemy Tap Project was founded in 2012 on the principle that neither percussion nor dance is restricted to one style of music. Featuring choreography to everything from jazz to classical,...

Alex Allan

Alex Allan is an Aerialist and Dancer from Sydney, Australia. In 2008 he completed a BA in Communications (Theatre/Media) with a focus in physical theatre creation. 6 months later Alex was accepted into...

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...

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...

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”...

Arsene Dupin

Arsene Dupin will perform at the 2016 Moisture Festival with his partner Magical Mystical Michael ... they will perform as The Mouth Brothers ... please check their bio under that name. ********************************************...

Artis

He’ll deny it (probably from the stage) but he’s a living legend. He turned a charming folksy household percussion instrument, musical spoons, into a performance that blew David Letterman away and produced...

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...

Bang-Bang Boys

The Bang-Bang Boys are a relatively new comedy team made up of absolutely wonderful seasoned performers. In the late 1980s Jean-Michel Paré and David Aiken discussed doing a show together. The idea was...

Belle Hops

Cathy Sutherland and Martha Enson live to serve. Aerialistas, Royal Famille du Caniveaux, Velone Sisters, Flying Karamazov Brothers, Theatre Schmeatre, the UMO ensemble, Printers Devil Theatre, Aviatrix,...

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,...

Billy Oskay

Producer and session player Billy Oskay was born and raised in Kingston, NY, where at age seven he first picked up the violin. Beginning in 1970 he studied under Eugen Prokop at the International Academy...

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Vaudeville East meets Vaudeville West when Bindlestiff appears at the Moisture Festival. Since 1995 the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has traveled the world, bringing its unique hybrid of Vaudeville, Circus,...

Bond Street Theatre

Established in 1976, Bond Street Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peace and cultural understanding through the theatre arts. The company has created theatre-based programs for...

Booby Trap Players

The Boobies have giggled audiences from Seattle to Vegas, while performing new and old burlesque comedy sketches.

Bri Crabtree

Gravity ceases to exist, the “laws” of motion become mere “suggestions,” and the crowd is transported into a world of recaptured wonder with San Francisco performing artist Bri Crabtree. Combining elements...

Brian Jones

Tap Dancer Brian Jones has been performing since 1975. Known for his Rhode Island dance company (The All-Tap Revue) and his song-and-dance team with Susan Boyce (Jones & Boyce), and his street performances...

Bronkar Lee

Internationally acclaimed beatboxer, drummer, juggler, musician, actor, funny man, and circus performer extraordinaire, Bronkar Lee has taken his skills to thousands of colleges, schools, fairs, festivals,...

Camille Swift

Camille Swift began her aerial training at the Aloft Loft, Chicago’s premier aerial arts school. She has also trained in Paris, at the Association Volaverunt. Her specialties are static and single-point...

Canote Brothers

The Canote Brothers from Seattle, WA, are as renowned for their affable attitudes and humor as they are for their music. Greg on fiddle, and Jere on guitar, and both on banjo ukes, perform zany concerts,...

Cassie Cutler

Growing up in Los Angeles, California, Cassie was always bouncing with energy. She began gymnastics at age 5, and competed until the age of 16. From there, she found circus arts. Specializing in aerial,...

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...

Charly Castors

Charly was born in the heart of Paris to the fifth generation of his family in show business. Charly and his brothers Toly and Eddy make up the acrobatic trio Les Castors which has entertained audiences...

Checkerboard Guy

The Checkerboard Guy (AKA David Aiken), beyond being a snappy dresser and regular at Moisture Festival, has also landed the gig of being the Editor in Chief for the Stories from the Pitch podcast - a semi-regular...

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....

Correo Aereo Duo

Pronounced: Core-RAY-o Eye-AIR-e-o Spanish, meaning: Air-Mail... *********************************** Cuz that is how sound travels you know, delivered through the air on waves of sound that penetrate...

David & Williams Golden Duo

David Underwood and Williams Rodriguez, Las Vegas acrobatic artists, will present their skillful hand-to-hand acrobatics act. They are longtime professional entertainers and we are so pleased to have them...

Del Rey

A Seattle treasure. Acoustic Guitar Magazine has said: “Rey is one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar.” Del Rey found her niche early on. Let her tell it: I started...

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 herself. Instead, she's more likely to fake trip...

Dizzy Daze

Newfangled Heathen Trapeze from Lara Paxton (Circus Contraption, Aerialistas), and Jill Marissa (ticktock dance). The duo is excited to return to their native Pacific Northwest after spending the winter...

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. Owl

Owl has been performing for many moons. First magic, then music, then balloons, and later, science. Sometimes he is a jester, other times playing a role on stage or doing walk around characters. His favorite...

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...

Drew the Dramatic Fool

“A world-class visual comedian!”—Charleston Gazette ************************************** “Ingenious!”—Chicago Tribune ************************************** “If Teller of Penn & Teller...

Duo Rendez-vous

Duo Rendez-vous (Graeme and Lori) mesmerize audiences with a rare form of acrobatics called Icarian. What first seems like a whimsical love story where an ordinary gentleman tries to impress a young lady...

Duo Rêves

Duo Rêves is the creative collaboration of Quynbi and Eric Esteb. They have been poetically described by Edward S. Koizumi as "abiding in a dimension of dramatic radiance and diminished gravity." Ballet...

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 Schwartz

Eric Schwartz's razor sharp, adults-mostly, on-the-spot wit combined with his exceptional musicality have made him a stand-out performer when appearing on the Comedy Central Stage (in Sit'n Spin); with...

Eve Diamond

Eve Diamond performs to evoke wonder, spark imagination and ignite the soul of her audience. Her ability to seamlessly entwine beauty and braun are ever present in her work (and biceps). Beginning her...

Flying Karamazov Brothers

The Flying Karamazov Brothers are a juggling and comedy troupe who have been performing since 1973. They began by busking, but have gone on to perform internationally, including Broadway stages. They...

Freddy Kenton

Freddy Kenton was born to a circus family where, at 16 years of age he joined with his parent’s famous aerial act “The Kentons”. Dutch by birth, they traveled America with Ringling Brothers and Freddy...

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...

Fresh Air

Aerial, ground, animation ... this group has worked for years to hone their art while working also to keep it fresh. We are delighted to have them join our springtime gathering for the first time this...

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...

Gazzo

If you have friends who knows a little about magic performance, tell him them that the British magician Gazzo is coming to Moisture Festival. I can then be silent and let them persuade you to take this...

Georgetown Orbits

The Georgetown Orbits boast a heavy regimen of traditional ska and soulful reggae. One of the few bands to pay tribute to the golden era of Jamaican ska and reggae music, they will add their bounce to...

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...

Hilary Chaplain

Hilary is one of the founding members of the New York Goofs. They performed together in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Symphony Space. She has gone on to be recognized as one of America’s...

Jason Andrews

Jason Andrews is a nationally acclaimed magician who performs in Las Vegas production shows, on television, works with Fortune 500 corporations on product launches and gala/ awards shows, and has toured...

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...

Jef Jaisun

Seattle musician Jef Jaisun may now be better known for his brilliant music photography. He's amassed an estimated half-million images, predominantly of blues, rhythm and blues and jazz artists. While...

Jim Page

The great Utah Phillips once said: "Jim Page's songs get right to the point. He looks at the world clearly and reports what he sees with compassion, humor and a biting sense of irony. And boy! can he sing...

Joey Pipia

Performing magic for children at the renowned Jewel Box Theater or for adults at famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Joey Pipia can do it all and he can do it with grace and style. Joey is a very funny magician...

Jonah Katz

Originally from the apple orchards of Northern California, Jonah Katz is a versatile physical comedian. He is a graduate of the Clown Conservatory and the Professional Acrobatic Training Program at the...

Kevin Joyce

Kevin’s Sylvester Dickey character has been a beloved Moisture Festival host for a decade. An actor, host, show producer and musician, Kevin composed the Festival's interactive “Moisture Song”, with...

Leah V. Jones

Leah’s fifteen years of dance experience started unofficially in her childhood living room and officially in the studios of Oregon Ballet Theater, where she trained in the pre-professional program for...

Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein

By the time of this year's Moisture Festival Leapin' Louie Lichtenstein will have performed his unique cowboy comedy show in 31 different countries around the world. You will see slapdash physical comedy...

Leland Faulkner

Leland Faulkner is a character actor, magician, and a mime artist. Early in his career he worked with Affiliate Artists as a corporate arts liaison in communities throughout the United States. For many...

Magical Mystical Michael

Michael will perform at the 2016 Moisture Festival with his partner Arsene Dupin ... they will perform as The Mouth Brothers ... please check their bio under that name. ********************************************...

Master Payne

A master, indeed! This noted performer has traveled the world assuming and shedding a series of engaging characters in an unending effort to give a unique and humorous twist to the ancient art of conjuring....

Matt Baker

Matt Baker is a Guinness World Record holder, was voted Seattle's Funniest Prop Comic and has performed his comedy stunt show in over 14 different countries. He's appeared on numerous television show including...

Matt Hall

Matt Hall began his juggling career at the tender age of 27, after he purchased Charlie Dancey's Encyclopaedia of Ball Juggling and vowed to learn every trick in the book. Known as the “Juggle...

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...

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...

Meraki Duo Acrobatics

Meraki Duo Acrobatics is a new partnership but Jenae Gerstmann and Dominic Eason have worked as part of a team for a long time now. As members of Portland's renowned Wanderlust Circus and the remarkable...

Michael Menes

Michael Menes is a visual performer who creates a perfectly blended mix of expert juggling, eccentric comedy, and evocative variety suitable for all ages. His performances feature exquisite juggling, mind-...

Miles and Karina

One reviewer called their music "wonderful, ... irreverent, purposefully silly, very sophisticated ..." Another said "these stellar musicians have stepped up and into a musical circle where only a few...

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...

Nikole Gramm

Nikole, a Seattle based circus artist, performs on a variety of aerial apparatuses, partner acrobatics, and trampo-wall, but her primary focus is tissu. She found circus arts in 2010 after previously spending...

Patrick McGuire

Patrick McGuire grew up in the Pittsburgh, PA area but came to the NorthWest sometime around the turn of the century when he was invited to perform at the first ever Portland Juggling Festival at Reed...

Peculiärs

The Peculiärs are connoisseurs of the peculiar, seekers of odd musical gems of a bygone era, fastidious dressers. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Peculiärs. To see The Peculiärs, be sure to come early as...
PJ

PJ

PJ, (known to some as Jennifer Perry) is an aerial artist, a Pilates instructor, a Kinesiologist and a lifelong student of human movement and performance. She has now moved on from her teaching teaching...

Rob Mermin

Rob Mermin trained in classical mime with Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau and has performed in European circus, theater, TV and film for forty years. He is an author, director, university lecturer,...

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,...

Ropeworks Interactive Jump Rope

One's a local business, owner, another's a teacher, and the third practices environmental law. But they never grew up! These three rope jumping enthusiasts include Tarilyn Greenfield, Mere Crafton...

Rose-City Acro Devils

We are RAD! The Rose-city Acro Devils! We are a partner acrobatics troupe formed in 2013, based out of Portland Oregon. We specialize in ground and partner acrobatics, but are constantly looking for...

Royal Famille du Caniveaux

Okay, the first thing to know is that the Royal Famillie du Caniveaux may not include all of the people pictured here. The second thing to know is that it might. Ron W. Bailey and Cathy Sutherland, two...

Rubbery Fish

They can dance, they are adorable with a good sense of humor ... what could possibly go wrong?

Sabrina Chap

Sabrina Chap is a Brooklyn based songwriter, cabaret performer, and pianist. Called, 'Guaranteeably vaudevillian chic', she is known for her high voltage live performances. 'Imagine, if you can, Judy...

Saffi Watson

Saffi has performed in three shows at Teatro ZinZanni: In Tents, with Recess Monkey; The King's Wish, with Caspar Babypants; and Big Top Rock: Dream On! where she was a featured contortionist, a hoop and...

SANCA

SANCA (School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts) is Seattle’s premier circus school and the largest in the United States, with classes for kids and adult. Founded in 2004 by Jo Montgomery and Chuck Johnson,...

sara sparrow

sara sparrow came to circus through a background as a gymnast, an actor and performer in musical theater, and as a classically-trained singer and musician who also holds a degree in visual art. she has...

Shoehorn

MC Shoehorn, performance artist, makes music with his feet and dances with his horn, combining body rhythms and sophisticated forms and concepts into entertainment. Specialist in saxophone and tap dance,...

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...

Slappy and Monday

Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley have been partners for 20 years. In that time, they have trained all the clowns for the Greatest Show on Earth, created the clown troupe The New York Goofs and Slappy’s Playhouse...

SNAFU!

Situation Normal until the arrival of Michael Menes and Leland Faulkner, and then the world gets turned on its ear. In the tradition of the classic American comedy teams, SNAFU! combines sketch comedy...

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...

Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong

Sourdough Slim and his sidekick Robert Armstrong play Western classics, country blues, and string band favorites from rural America in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. You’ll hear virtuoso yodeling and masterful...

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...

Steve James

Steve James is a blues musician, a notable songwriter, one of the best modern bottleneck slide players, a storyteller and a compendium of interesting facts. In the world of contemporary acoustic and roots...

Stevie Coyle

Stevie Coyle's dear Granny was a pianist in the heyday of vaudeville, his mother played in mandolin orchestras during the 1930s and his father ran a radio station in southern California and brought home...

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 at...

Teatro ZinZanni Artists

Teatro ZinZanni’s main event is part circus, part cabaret, and always magical. Described as “the Kit Kat Klub on acid” Teatro ZinZanni is a night out unlike any other. It is a three-hour whirlwind of...

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...

Tera Nova Zarra

Tera Nova Zarra is a nationally and internationally touring acrobat, aerialist, vocalist, and strong woman. She has trained under the direction of former Austrian sport acrobatics champion and national...

The Mouth Brothers

Two magicians from the Bronx to Paris, tip toeing on the edge of absurdity. Enforcing laughter through the power of silence. With over 75 years of performing mastery, resulting in a rare and unusual magical...

The One The Only INGA

The One The Only Inga is an internationally renowned burlesque star, born and raised in Seattle. Her charismatic and precise performances have entertained audiences all over the world, winning her the...

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 Murphy

Knock 'em down, drag 'em out, laugh till you cry slapstick sketch comedy. Think: Buster Keaton meets Robin Williams. He co-founded two international touring comedy troupes: Mountain Mime and Klown Shoes....

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...

Tommy Twimble

International touring physical comedian and storyteller, Thomas Schroyer has performed from the West Coast to NYC and has just returned from a festival/theater tour in South America. Being partially deaf...

TRIcycle

Lyla Goldman, Anna Zuckerman, and Leah Zuckerman have worked together as members of SANCA's Cirrus Circus for over 7 years. They've performed in countless shows throughout the Seattle area and have taken...

Uncle Alayna

Despite intermittent affliction with zombie-ism, Uncle Alayna cheerfully and toe-tappingly present crooning swing tunes and traditional standards from heroes past and present; hot musettes from the dance...

Uncle Bonsai

Speaking of Uncle Bonsai in the Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch said "... if there were an Ella Fitzgerald Award for Exquisite Elocution in Song, they would surely get it." and "These are nicely edgy,...

Wang Hong

Wang Hong’s name translates into English as “rainbow” and the spectrum of talents that she employs in her performance are as beautiful and delicate as that ephemeral play of light. She was raised in 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...