Dr Brown coming to town to host a class for clowns
IF your day job's dragging or your profession's wearing thin, here's a whacky and wonderful way to shake things up a bit.
The proviso: clowning around isn't only appreciated, it's expected.
Lennox Head performance artists Daniel Cabrera and Kate McDowell will bring world-renowned clown and teacher Philip Burgers (Dr Brown) to Lismore City Hall for an intensive four day comedy/clowning workshop from April 29 to May 3.
At a cost of $350, it's a reasonably affordable way to break into clowning, hone your theatre skills or gain confidence in public arenas.
Mr Cabrera, a natural "class clown" who recently entered the clowning business, was having trouble attracting a crowd to his Adelaide comedy show until he took a two day class with Dr Brown several months ago, which he said was one of the best moves of his career.
"Clowning strips apart any preconceptions of performance you may have," he said.
"It's about acting on impulses and the way Dr Brown describes it...it's about being the biggest idiot you can be and really having a connection with the audience."
Mr Cabrera said Dr Brown, who's won awards at multiple comedy festivals, was a unique man with enviable comic talent.
"He's very laid back and he kind of seems like he has no care in the world but when he gets up on stage - I just saw one of his shows at Melbourne Comedy festival - he's just very sincere in his actions," he said.
"But he does some crazy stuff, pushes the boundaries and will do anything to get a reaction. At the same time, you come out thinking you've had this heartfelt performance. It's honest, visceral and very funny."