2016 comes in swinging, and the roller coaster of life just adds new tracks and loop-dee-loops and barrel rolls and well you get the metaphor.
Zarkana Curtain Closing
In December Cirque announced that MGM will terminate its contract with Zarkana at the Aria, and the show will close on April 30, 2016. It’s the second time in a row that a hotel closed a show I was in. I hope I’m not the bad luck charm. I began a new job search less than 30 seconds after the announcement was made.
On to Mystere
So I’ve accepted a position as on-call clown at Mystere at Treasure Island in the role of Brian Le Petit. It’s different than a regular on-call position in that the full-time guy takes around 4 months off a year AND every Wednesday. So I’m guaranteed one night a week and a chunk of the rest of the year.
The Brian Le Petit clown role is kind of the holy grail of cirque clowning. Created by the legendary Wayne Hronek, and currently played (for the past 15+ years) by the amazing Brian Dewhurst (pictured below), it’s one of the funniest things I’ve seen, and I’m super honored to get to take a crack at it. Wasting no time, I’ll have my first performances in February and will be doing double duty with Zarkana until it closes.
The Steady Rise of Voice Over
At the same time, I’ve been chipping away slowly but steadily at voice over work, landing a small handful of gigs and planning on taking more classes and workshops. My upcoming reduced performance schedule will afford me a lot more time to focus on VO work.
I was honored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal by having my Jimmy and Jenna act named the Funniest Act of 2015.
More Time In Front of the Camera
The short film A Man Wakes Up is winding down its whirlwind tour of the film festival circuit. There are still some screenings to come, but it’s been very well received and has even garnered some awards.
Meanwhile, much of the same team has gotten back together to film another short, this time by Anais Thomassian, aka Penny Pibbets. Titled No Soliciting, the story mainly revolves around the building of a kooky new friendship. The tall, dark and brilliant Voki Kalfayan returns in the directing chair, and Light Forge Studios again provides production magic.
Also, two different shorts I filmed in LA in 2014 are finally starting to see the light of day. Clowntown by Cody Goodfellow and directed by John Skipp and Andrew Kasch has been making the (mostly horror) festival rounds.
California Dreaming by Sahirr Sethhi just finished post production and will be screened at An Evening of Thesis Shorts at UCLA in February.
Let’s keep the good vibes buzzing and creative juices flowing! Happy New Year!