The Comedy/Varietè Artists

This is a list of Artists who performed in the 2015 Moisture Festival. Check back toward the end of 2015 for info on 2016 performers.

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Aileen Wilkie

Aileen has been described as one of the most experienced street performers in the world. She's also been described as gentle and charming as well as amazing and anarchic. Another writer used this phrase...

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...

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...

Alfredo Fettuccini

The wonderful magic of Alfredo Fettuccini is evanescent and fleeting. It appears in this world only rarely and after great lapses of time, like Northern Lights, or Black Jack Gum, or an onslaught of destructive...

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,...

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 a circus and cabaret MC, performer, singer and director. He was co-founder and Ringmaster of Seattle’s Circus Contraption. He has a starring role as “Johnny Valentine” in the feature...

Aviatrix

Aviatrix has presented some stunning aerial displays for Moisture Festival and this year will be no exception. Hailing from various local aerial groups (The Aerialistas, The Velone Sisters, and The Flying...

Bell 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,...

Benedikt Negro

Benedikt Negro is a pantomime and clown who currently stars in Cirque du Soleil’s water show, “O”. He trained at Die Etage School for the Performing Arts in Berlin. Originally from Xanten, Germany,...

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,...

Bob and Leah

In the air, Bob and Leah are a perfect fit. Their mutual passion for the aerial arts brings another dimension to their performance. This can be seen in full color on the black and white video at this url...

Bob Malone

Los Angeles based BOB MALONE plays keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty, and continues a long running and successful solo career. His sound is a one-of-a-kind hybrid of rock, blues, and New Orleans...

Bobs

The Bobs return to the Moisture Festival this year. Angie Bob Doctor joins Richard Bob Greene, Matthew Bob Stull and Dan Bob Schumacher. This is not your run-of-the-mill a cappella quartet -- not by a...

Caela Bailey

Caela Bailey is a Seattle-based chanteuse, dancer and all around entertainer. A natural performer with formidable stage presence, she’s been performing and touring with her family’s vaudeville troupe,...

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,...

Chapter 2

Chapter 2 is the aerial duo of Esther Edelman and Glenn Easley. Esther has over 25 years of choreographing, directing and performing experiences and is a founder of the 4 women triple trap gang Aviatrix,...

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...

Christian Swenson

Performing artist, Christian Swenson, was born and raised in NH. He has an extensive background in dance, mime, voice and improvisation, and is known for his pioneering work in a form he calls "Human Jazz",...

Christine Lavin

People in the folk music world don't need to be told who Christine Lavin is. Her most famous songs include Sensitive New Age Guys and Bald Headed Men and she is generally known for her musical comedy pieces....

Circus Luminescence

Circus Luminescence is a collaborative project using circus arts as a medium to shine. Founded by Eli March, this innovative troupe specializes in Glow, Black-light, Daytime and Fire Shows. An ultraviolet...

Cirque en Déroute

Company Cirque en Déroute are clowns specializing in a wide range of eccentric skills including contemporary jar manipulation, tap dance juggling, and high level comedy acrobatics. Using a unique blend...

Correo Aereo Trio, with Amy Denio

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...

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...

Dan Holzman

Through the years the Raspyni Brothers have become Moisture Festival favorites. Dan Holzman will perform this year solo. He is variously known as "the funny one" and "the other one". We're thrilled to...

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 punch...

Dizzy Daze

Newfangled Heathen Trapeze from Lara Paxton (Circus Contraption, Aerialistas) and Jill Marissa (ticktock). They're excited to be performing at Moisture Festival as a finale to their whirlwind 8-month regional...

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...

Don White

Singer/Songwriter/Comedy Storyteller Don White is from Lynn, Massachusetts, "a working class town with an attitude problem". If you didn't already know that, he would have let you know when you saw him...

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),...

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 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 Ronin

Duo Ronin, currently based out of Las Vegas Nevada, have been working together since 2012 and during that time have been wowing audiences with their feats of strength and balance. The hand to hand...

Duo Volta

Duo Volta is performing in Moisture Variete and Burlesque shows this year. To see their the dates of their Burlesque performances, check out their schedule on their bio page under that listing as well....

Esther de Monteflores

Esther de Monteflores is one of a tiny handful of circus performers in the USA specializing in slack-rope walking, in addition to working as an aerialist and stilt acrobat. She performs as a soloist,...

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...

Gentile5

Carlo and Orlene Gentile have trained with the Hebei Acrobatic Troupe, Wuqial School in China, with San Francisco’s famed Clown Conservatory and with The Castors (antipodists/comedians well known to Seattle...

Georgetown Orbits

The Georgetown Orbits boast a heavy regimen of traditional Ska and upbeat, roots-influenced Reggae. One of the few bands to pay tribute to the old sounds of Jamaican Ska, The Orbits will add their bounce...

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...

Gregor and Kelly

Grzegorz “Gregor” Ros, a native of Poland, came to America in 2004 with a Masters degree in Pysiotherapy and an engagement as an acrobat in the Las Vegas show Le Rêve at the Wynn Hotel. He continued his...

Hacki Ginda

Hacki was living in West Berlin on the day that the Berlin Wall came down. He went, as soon as he could, into the East looking for a place to open a Varieté theater. Working with partners he created...

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...

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...

IMPulse Circus Collective

The IMPulse Circus Collective is a group of young performers and friends with art on their minds and circus in their hearts. Formed in Seattle in 2013 as artists-in-residence at the School of Acrobatics...

Incredible Incredible

The Incredible Incredible is coming to the Moisture Festival in 2015. This partnership between Justin Therrien and Matthew "Poki" McCorkle promises to be odd entertainment within a festival of odd entertainment....

Jason Mejias

Jason began his career at the age of 8, when he joined a local Acrobatic Gymnastics team in his hometown of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He trained and competed nationally and internationally for many years under...

Jay Gilligan

Jay Gilligan has performed in 29 different countries, touring solo work and collaborating with companies such as The Gandini Juggling Project, Cie Jérôme Thomas, Les 7 doigts de la main, Cirkus Cirkör,...

Jen Kramer

Jen Kramer is magic. She turns the impossible into the impossible-to-ignore and always does it with a smile. Jen currently headlines a regular show at the Wyndham Grand Desert Resort in Las Vegas. From...

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...

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,...

Jonathan Rose

Jonathan's love of circus began in Mexico where he ran away with El Circo De Gran Choya, a traditional, family owned circus. After two years of traveling throughout Mexico he returned to begin studying...

Jordan McKnight

Jordan is currently the worlds most advanced contortionist. Jordan is unique, in that she bends both front, back, side, dislocates and twists. Jordan won the bronze prize in the International Circus...

Judith Bowers

Archaeologist, historian, researcher, writer and burlesque enthusiast, Judith Bowers founded the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust in 1997 to help save the world's oldest surviving music hall rediscovered...

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...

Kevin Joyce

Kevin is Creator and Host of the variety show Big Night Out on the Seattle Channel. With his wife Martha Enson he runs EnJoy Productions, which produces live entertainment for corporate and special events,...

Lelavision

The name Lela is more than a play on the names of the founders; derived from two Sanskrit terms meaning "creation" and "creative spark", with references to "play," it denotes the spirit of the performance...

Lindsay Benner

"The joy and wonder of the present moment", that's the phrase that refers, in much of her publicity, to Lindsay Benner's greatest talent ... bringing her audiences to that place. That's a great gift. Lindsay's...

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...

Majinga the Magician

…You'll be "Wowed" by the Magical World of Michael Stroud, aka Majinga the Magician. Michael is a best-selling magic author, a twelve-time award winning magician and performance artist, and has been featured...

Marcus Raymond

Even as a child Marcus was always putting on shows and making people laugh entertaining family and friends. By the age of 23 he was traveling with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. While crossing...

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...

Michael Davis

A third-generation San Franciscan, Michael's creative efforts began early. In high school, he was a published poet and won the school acting award. In the early ‘70's, Michael was intrigued with the art...

Michael Trautman

What happens when you put a clown in a room with 1000 ping pong balls? KING PONG! Michael, aka KING PONG, performs Magic, Juggling, Audience Participation, and the only target-shooting, ping pong-spitting...

Mud Bay Jugglers

Masters of levity is several senses of the term. Mudbay has brought their innovative approach to juggling for over 30 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...

Ngaio Bealum

Starting out as a juggler in San Francisco, and now a well-known travelling entertainer, Ngaio Bealum uses his great storytelling ability, his razor sharp wit and engaging stage presence leave audiences...

Niels Duinker

Niels Duinker first thought of becoming a successful international performer when he was 12 years old, and well before the end of his teenage years his dream had become a reality. Niels won a Gold Medal...

Night Flight Aerial

Night Flight is a performance company based in Portland, OR. We produce big, colorful, beautiful shows that combine breathtaking aerial artistry and playful storytelling. We are extremely passionate about...

Noa Schnitzer

Noa’s language is movement. A graduate of Sandciel, school of dance and circus arts in Israel. Focusing on trapeze and dance. She uses these skills to create performances that examine, stitch, secure and...

Pamela Donohoo

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

Patch Adams

You may have heard of Patch through the film starring Robin Williams. It was about Patch's life in medical school and called simply, Patch Adams. Patch is one of the founding members of the New Old Time...

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...

PepperJill & Jack

Stephen and Shannon O'Bent are PepperJill & Jack. They are joining us from Astoria, Queens, New York and they say that they play "Songs about travel, love, the Beatles, trombonists, birthdays, and breakfast....
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 (as well as a graduate from Western Washington...

Rachel Karabenick

Rachel Karabenick is a Chicago-based aerial artist. She has a strong background in modern dance and ballet, which she translates to multiple aerial apparatus, including Chinese/Dance Pole, Single-point...

Raspyni Brothers

As one of the most sought after acts on the corporate entertainment scene, they appear annually at over 100 events across America and internationally. Since 1982 their intelligent mayhem has earned them...

Reverend Chumleigh

R. Chumleigh is a New Vaudeville legend who performs throughout the civilized world and in the Dominion of Canada. Comfortable in any persona and historical period, Chumleigh is capable of filling any...

Rick Ruskin

Rick Ruskin started playing guitar in 1962 and in just one year became a respected professional musician in his native Detroit, Michigan. In 1964, while still in Jr. High School, he was chosen to open...

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 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 by René

René Bibaub is a five-time world champion, ESPN commentator and former artist and coach of Cirque Du Soleil. We will present René as the dynamic entertainer that she is but she will, no doubt, carry with...

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...

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...

Shayna Swanson

Shayna Swanson has been creating and performing aerial works that have been described by the Chicago Reader as “truly heart-felt and creative” for over 12 years. Renowned for her cyr wheel and aerial rope...

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...

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's mission is to extend thought-provoking dance performances to a broad range of audiences; making dance accessible to the public using site-specific work as well as maintaining artistically...

Steven Ragatz

Hailed by the San Francisco Examiner as "impressive," Steven Ragatz has been entertaining audiences with his juggling, physical comedy, circus arts and general antics for the past three decades. As a ten...

Stoil & Ekaterina

An award-winning magic act from Europe, Stoil & Ekaterina have performed on a number of TV shows, cruise lines, hotels and theaters all over the world. They present a fast-paced, high energy performance...

Tanya Brno

Part stardust, part showgirl, Tanya has been honing her lifetime body of artistic work from a young age. After pursuing classical piano and opera, she discovered ballet, which consumed many years of her...

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...

The Innamorati

The Innamorati 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."...

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...

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,...

Vivian Tam

With dreams of dazzling since she was even shorter than she is now, Vivian began her beef cake aerial training at Hollywood Aerial Arts with Sagiv Benyamin. Previous confirmed sightings of Vivian dangling...

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...