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The Bongar Challenge at Downtown Clown


Olivia Lehrman, Kevin C. Carr at Downtown Clown
? 2009 Jim R. Moore / All Rights Reserved

On Monday, July 20, speed miming, rapid-fire juggling, fleet-footed unicycling and breakneck acrobatics will take their place as new sports in the pantheon of the Clown Olympics.

If a clown competing in THE BONGAR CHALLENGE doesn’t get his or her routine under three minutes, host Michael Bongar’s stooges will yank the poor rube from the glorious bath of the spotlight so that another aspiring ingénue can take the stage.

Contestants are challenged to present material new to the Downtown Clown Revue that is funny, honest and simple, and most importantly, clocks in at THREE MINUTES OR LESS.

SPREAD THE WORD: THE BONGAR CHALLENGE will reward its most brilliant ruddy-nosed winner with a $200 prize and the chance to audition for a spot on late night television.

The showcase will feature much more than floppy oversized shoes and Rudolph noses. Audience members can expect to laugh and maybe even be enlightened by modern clowns keen on hip irony, impressive acrobatics, juggling, magic and unicycling, singing and instrumentation, and inappropriate behavior of all kinds, packaged in short attention span-sized bundles of three minutes each.

This Olympian event will be judged by a very serious panel of the clown elite that dwells high up in the clouds of Clown Olympus, including:

Dick Monday, former director of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Clown College

Scott O’Donnell, general manager of the Big Apple Circus and former performer with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus

Eric Davis, a.k.a. the Red Bastard, clown and performer with Cirque du Soleil

Mark Gindick
, winner of the Golden Nose award for Best Clown and currently starring with the Big Apple Circus.

Monday, July 20
8:00 p.m.
The Kraine Theatre
85 East 4th Street
Between The Bowery & 2nd Avenue

To sign up for THE BONGAR CHALLENGE, email info@newyorkdowntownclown.com.

For more information about BONGARBIZ, please visit http://www.MichaelBongar.com or contact Michael Bongar at (914) 734-1177 or Michael@BongarBiz.com.

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