The Comedy/Varietè Artists

These artists performed in the 2014 Moisture Festival. Stay tuned for information on future events.

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A Unicycle Built For Two

Nick & Wendy met in 2010 at Seattle's School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts, and quickly fell in love. They combined their skills to create their duo unicycle act, and have performed for audiences across...

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 Zerbe

Professional Zaniac, Alex is a two-time Guinness World Record holder who was voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comic. He has appeared on prime-time television in three countries including the hit NBC TV shows,...

An Apple A Day

Janet McAlpin & David Godsey (Teeny & Tardy, Esq.) This theatrical aerial clown duo has been creating and performing together for 25 years. Janet studied with M. LeCoq at Ecoles Jacques LeCoq in Paris,...

Armitage Shanks

Armitage Shanks is one of the most sought after MC/performers on the International Burlesque & Cabaret scenes. He is co-founder and Ringmaster of Seattle’s Circus Contraption, as well as the creator and...

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...

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...

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,...

Booby Trap Players

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

Bridget Gunning

Bridget Gunning comes to circus from a dance and theater background. Her first trapeze explorations were over a decade ago within the Skinner Releasing Technique; inspiration for Bridget's performance...

Brittany Walsh

Brittany Walsh (a.k.a. Acrobritt) is currently the world record holder for acrobatic archery (for shooting at the longest distance), and is also the only known individual to perform this stunt blindfolded....

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,...

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,...

Chairman Bob

A Chair-Raising Experience! Chairman Bob AKA Flyin’ Bob AKA Bob Palmer is dedicated to exploring and expanding the world's perception of those ugly white plastic backyard stacking resin patio lawn chairs...

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 Castors in show business. Charly and his brothers Toly and Eddy make up the acrobatic trio Les Castors which has entertained audiences around...

Charly McCreary

Charly McCreary has been dancing in the air since 2001 and has worked and trained with esteemed coaches and choreographers including members of Cirque du Soliel and Cavalia. She is based in Seattle and...

Chip & Margie Sonofa-Gunderson

You'll be smiling a little bit bigger, laughing a little harder, and your pelvic floor will be a lot tighter after this special guest appearance by Chip & Margie Sonofa-Gunderson. All the way from Shout...

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....

Cohdi Harrell

Cohdi Harrell is an American born performance maker. A primarily self taught trapeze artist and an untrained dancer, he uses contemporary movement, improvisation and spectacle performance to create intimate...

Correo Aereo

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...

Della Moustachella

Della doesn't have business cards, she has fun cards! She's shared her fun through physical comedy/dance/satire at Dream Science Circus, Oregon Country Fair, Moisture Festival, New Old Time Chautauqua...

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...

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 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...

Eric Newton

Eric Newton, Los Angeles based aerialist and actor, is very glad to be back in Seattle! He's familiar to local crowds via two engagements with Teatro ZinZanni's mini shows at Pacific Place, a memorable...

Freddy Kenton

Backstage, in a theater in Europe, I mentioned to a juggler that Freddy Kenton is coming to Seattle’s Moisture Festival in 2014 … he was impressed. Freddy Kenton was born to a circus family where,...

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...

Fyodor Karamazov

He spent 20-odd years (some of them very odd) touring the world as a professional juggler with the Flying Karamazov Brothers, then retired to his home in Seattle, his other home in Santa Cruz, and his...

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...

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...

Hilby

As a boy growing up in Berlin, young Hilby exhibited no particular talents other than making funny faces at strangers and, as Hilby himself describes it, "breezing rhyzmically." When people began to call...

IMPulse Circus Collective

The IMPulse Circus Collective was formed in 2013 by six young performers with art on their minds and circus in their hearts. Their self-titled show IMPulse is a blend of vaudevillian humor, contemporary...

Jan Damm

Jan is a clown and circus artist raised in the Northeast and trained in San Francisco. He has toured his original 'rolla bolla' and eccentric acts in the US and internationally; including work with MIdnight...

Jason Rodgers

Jason Rodgers has been a tap dancer/actor/musician, working professionally since the age of 10. He's worked with Debbie Allen, Donald O'Connor, George C. Wolfe, Eddie Brown, Fayard Nicholas, and Danny...

Jason Victor Serinus

Once you hear Jason, you’ll understand why he chose his name, Serinus, for the genus of songbirds that includes canaries. In the world of musical whistlers, JVS stands out. After all, he whistled Puccini...

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...

Jay Alexander

Jay Alexander is the great grandson of the legendary vaudeville performer, Gentleman Ben Darwin. As a child, Jay found a trunk in his grandparents attic filled with magic and escapes. His interest in magic...

Jessie Sawyers

Jessie Sawyers is a Seattle-based tap dancer, producer, entrepreneur, artist, educator, cultivator of community, believer in our youth, life lover, and music maker. She began tap dancing at the age of...

Jet Black Pearl

A one-woman dynamo, traveling around the world, singing and accompanying herself on the accordion, playing the flute, human beatbox, music box, toy piano and loop station... Jetty Swart, a native...

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...

Joanne Rand

Touring nationally for thirty years, Joanne Rand "continues to push the art pedal to the floor," recently completing her 14th CD of original songs: "Still a Real World." She released her 13th CD, "Stories...

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...

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...

Kellin Quinn

Kellin Quinn can juggle. He trains and performs with Circus Harmony in St. Louis and performs as a member of the acclaimed St. Louis Arches. At the International Jugglers' Association competition in 2012...

Kenny Raskin

For those of us who, in the 1980s, saw Kenny Raskin’s original and unique clown piece called “My Old Friend” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAib1e_qWSU), it was no surprise that his career path soared...

Kerri Kresinski

Kerri is truly a unique performer, engaging, thrilling and moving audiences with her skills, style, and heart. She has dedicated her life to training and developing herself as an artist. Kerri expresses...

Lara Paxton

Founder of the Aerialistas and Circus Contraption, Lara has performed in Spain and Germany in recent years and we are thrilled that she's in the country and available to work with us at the 2014 Moisture...

Laura Stokes

LAURA STOKES is a zealous movement researcher, educator and performer. Always fascinated by the notion of embodied experience, she was a child gymnast, a teenage ballerina, and at one point, a budding...

Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein

Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein has performed his unique cowboy comedy show in 21 different countries around the world. You will see slapdash physical comedy and spoken comedy channeled through Louie’s modern...

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...

Louis Pearl

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he has sold out every year for the last seven years....

Marina Luna

Marina Luna has wowed audiences in the US and abroad with her strength and grace in the air. In San Francisco she’s performed in Teatro ZinZanni’s "Under the Gypsy Moon," and in Ensemble Parallele’s production...

Mark Ettinger

Comprehensivist, composer and performer Mark Ettinger plays with music in a variety of genres on an assortment of instruments, from joining Bo Diddley as pianist to conducting the Cincinnati Orchestra...

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....

Matthew "Poki" McCorkle

Matthew "Poki" McCorkle is a mime, illusionist, and otherwise eccentric movement artist based in the Pacific Northwest. He animates the otherwise inanimate. His performances have taken him far and wide...

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 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...

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,...

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...

Nicolo Kehrwald

Nicolo Kehrwald began with dance, studying tap, ballet, modern and capoeira and he quickly took to the circus arts when he joined Do Jump! Extremely Physical Theatre in 2001. During his 12 years as a...

Nu Klezmer Army

Nu Klezmer Army brings new life and energy to the traditional music of the yiddish-speaking jews of Eastern Europe. Melding together each player's diverse musical background, NKA brings forth an undeniably...

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...

Quynbi

Hailed as “one of the aerial world’s most glamorous artists, with a style all her own” by Aerial Arts International Magazine, Quynbi is a Seattle-based aerialist, dancer, model, multimedia visual artist...

Reid Belstock

Reid Belstock began juggling at the age of 15, as a way of overcoming gross and fine motor skill impairment. Following high school, Reid went off to study with Ringling Brothers, and Barnum and Bailey...

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...

Righteous Mothers

The Righteous Mothers are four funny, philosophical female folk-rock musicians who have been one of the Northwest’s foremost musical performing groups for the past 31 years. They whip their audience into...

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,...

Rootberry

Rootberry is Jonathan Root and Bill Berry, a comedy stunt duo with 3 Guinness World Records and 5 World Championships, it's no wonder the San Diego Union Tribune said “Possibly the best variety act on...

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...

Ruby Joyce

Ruby Joyce has performed as the torch bearer for the Olympic opening ceremonies of the Moisture Festival 2008. Her aerial hoop and trapeze acts have been seen at the Oregon Country Fair, Gravity of Kindness,...

Russell Bruner

Russell Bruner is a variety artist, swing dancer, emcee and boylesque peeler. As a performer and choreographer, Russell has recently won 3 titles at the world renowned Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend held...

Saffi Watson

Saffi Watson was a featured contortionist and hoop aerialist in two shows at Teatro ZinZanni: The King's Wish, with Caspar Babypants, and In Tents, with Recess Monkey, where she was also shot out of a...

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. she has a distinctive awkward grace that...

Scott Katz

It has been said of Scott Katz that he has "... an insidious charm and truth that sneak up on you like a cartoon mouse with a stick of dynamite" -Arnie Sugar ************************************** Scott...

Scott Land Marionettes

Scott Land is a puppeteer at the top of his game. His seasoned performing skills are on display in nearly every scene of Paramount Pictures' Team America: World Police (script by South Park writers Trey...

Shovelman

The LA Weekly said "Shovelman has forged a perfect merger of the past and the present with his bluesy ‘folktronic’ sound.” Shovelman is a junkyard beatnik, a shovel guitar wielding surrealist folk...

Silkworms

The Silkworms are a Vashon-based aerial ensemble directed by Esther Edelman with Laura Cherry, Glenn Easley, and Julie Gibson. Their eclectic backgrounds include acro-balancing, ballet, high diving and...

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...

Smerdyakov Karamazov

The brilliant vaudevillian, Ed Wynn, once said "A comedian is not a man who says funny things. A comedian is one who says things funny." As, variously, a solo performer (Samwise, Juggler Intraordinaire,)...

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...

Sourdough Slim

One of the most original and beloved Western entertainers of our time, Sourdough Slim is a hoot to say the least. The moment this award winning Western showman steps into the spotlight, it's apparent to...

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...

Swami YoMahmi

Swami Yomahmi (Yo' Mommy) performs phenomenal feats of physical comedy and linguistic vaudeville. He creates fractured fairytales drawn from the Sideshow aesthetic, infused with a love of pop culture,...

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...

Teresita Hilaria Cabrera

She just appeared. We think that she is of Spanish descent, we think that she's a Seattle girl and we know that she is a remarkable aerial artist. We are so happy that she found us. A treat.

The Great Kaplan

Moisture Festival audiences have seen many wonderful performers over the ten years but this year we will present, not The Very Good Kaplan or The Merely Adequate Kaplan; we’ve searched the world and finally...

Trixie Little & the Evil Hate Monkey

TRIXIE LITTLE & MONKEY are an award-winning acrobatic burlesque superduo who has been flipping and stripping since 2002. Based in New York City, they are known for their highly skilled antics and electric...

Tune Stranglers

Recently referred to as "a circus that plays music", the Tune Stranglers have been entertaining audiences across the West since 2003. With a smorgasbord of stringed instruments, washboard and the occasional...

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,...

Velone Sisters

An aerial affair presented by Martha Enson of the UMO Ensemble and Cathy Sutherland of the Aerialistas and Du Caniveaux. They mix beauty, poetry, and strength in their stunning act on the vertical rope....

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...

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. He has been featured...

zoom ----- Moisture Festival Volunteer Staff

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