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Send in the Goofs

Send in the Clowns! Serious times call for silly measures, the kind of guffaw out loud laughs you let out as a kid bedazzled by slapstick humor. Our very latest Geeks of the Week are A+ students in the art of silliness, but act more like the bad kids in the back row encouraging you to play hooky. Armed with wicked hijinks, these merry pranksters interlace their performances with whoopee cushions and tacks for the teacher’s chair.

Lucky you, you can catch the NY Goofs this week at the Flea Theater in Hotel Bananas, a collection of “eccentric dance, musical entrees, bad magic, feats of tossing and manipulation (juggling), Godly and unGodly characters, and a lot of very physical comedy.” Need raucous laughter this weekend? Click on the flyer below!

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The NY Goofs are a supergroup of the world’s best clowns whose brilliantly choreographed shows show the true nature of clowning as a skilled theatrical art. Unpredictable, absurdist and skilled in the ways of athletic physical comedy, this is the kind of humor that makes you carry away not just short-lived laughs but an affection for the creativity, beauty and power of theater and the people who make it.

Started in May 1998 by Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley, both former faculty members of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, the NY Goofs were created as a community for clowns and physical comedians to develop and hone material while working and growing together as an ensemble.

The talented group soon went on to perform at Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 1999, the NY Goofs started the Ultimate Clown School, with faculty members including Larry Pisoni, the founder of the fabled San Francisco Pickle Circus, teaching character development, Hovey Burgess, often called the godfather of circus, teaching essential skills and history, Jay Stewart teaching makeup and classic clowning, Evelyn Tuths teaching bouffon lessons, and a rotating faculty.

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The NY Goofs have since performed at The Kennedy Center, The Museum of Natural History, The River to River Festival, The Flea Theater, The Out of the Loop Festival, The International Children’s Festival, The Little Orchestra Society, Milwaukee’s Summerfest and Lincoln Center’s Reel to Real.

Monday was the Director of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Clown College, where Riley taught and choreographed as a faculty member. Monday and Riley have also toured with the Big Apple Circus as featured clowns, and Monday has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Rosie O’Donnell Show and in Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown.

Riley is a member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, and has launched a therapeutic clown program with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

The NY Goofs are available to teach workshops for adult and children and to perform at festivals and corporate and private parties. They can crack the glass ceiling of boring company retreats by providing carefully structured yet fantastically creative corporate team building events.

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