LLL050 Danny Schlesinger: School for Fools @circoridiculoso

Danny Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Danny Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Danny Lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Here is the fourth part of a six-part series featuring those special people who make art and entertainment out of folding air into latex balloons. Our conversations centered on making a living doing art, how they started in the biz and their creative processes. Laypeople and twisters alike will enjoy these fantastic conversations.

Danny and Lanna talk about performing with balloons, circus skills and giving feedback. Danny admits he’s an idiot. Lanna asks Danny what he thinks of the United States and remarks that he is her first foreigner on the show. Danny talks about working with Avner the Excentric at the Celebration Barn Theater and describes his creative process. And he answers 10 questions.

The 411: Danny Schlesinger

Danny Schlesinger is an award winning performer who works in theatre, circus, cabaret, tv and film. He has worked with (amoung many) The Royal Opera, The Natural Theatre Company, Circus Sensible, Dynamic New Animations and in 2005 made his West End debut in “Burlesque!” at the Arts Theatre, London. He has performed at the London International Mime Festival and at theatres, corporate events and variety shows. Danny’s film and TV credits include Happiness (BBC2), Jack Dee’s Sunday Service (CH4) and Danny was Homer Simpson. Danny was also the lead in “Sniffer” – a Norwegian short film which has won many awards including the best short film at Cannes 2006.

Danny produces his own solo balloon shows for theatres and events and has won awards for doing this!

The 411: Danny Schlesinger

LLL047 Tawney Bubbles Is Delightful @TawneyBubbles

Tawney lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

I am excited to present the first part of a six-part series featuring those special people who make art and entertainment out of folding air into latex balloons. Our conversations centered on making a living doing art, how they started in the biz and their creative processes. Laypeople and twisters alike will enjoy these fantastic conversations.

Tawney lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Tawney lounged with LannaLee and got a couch!

Tawney and Lanna talk about balloon twisting, performance and living the artist’s life. They tease each other about adult stuff and dish on balloon dresses. Tawney explains how she started in the biz. And she answers 10 questions.

Tawney Bubbles

So who is Tawney Bubbles? She’s the luckiest girl in the whole wide world, that’s who. At nearly 18, an eager faced little high school graduate set out for higher education. Turns out, college is really expensive. Reluctantly, she had to get a job. In a move that was part joke, and part rebellion, she became a clown (her mom is very proud).

Four years, well maybe five years, okay five and a half years later, she had her degree. She contemplated a real job, but after careful reflection, eventually said, “$!@#% that!” She’s been playing with balloons ever since.

The 411: Tawney Bubbles

LLL018 Mike Harris: Best of the Clowns

Mike Harris

Mike HarrisMike and Lanna talk about Toastmasters, Public Speaking and a good story. Lanna recruits Mike to a balloon twisting group on Facebook, while Mike gives Lanna public speaking advice. Mike professes his love for the Red Sox. And he answers 10 questions.

Mike Harris

Mike Harris is a humorist, a storyteller and an entertainer who has been performing up and down the east coast of the U.S. and Canada for over a decade. He has been collecting anecdotes all his life and he has been telling his true-to-life stories to anyone who will listen. As Mike says, “I don’t tell jokes. I just tell people what happens and they laugh at me.”

He is a member of Toastmasters International and he has twice been honored with Toastmasters’ highest recognition for humorous speakers: being invited to speak at their Regional Humorous Showcase in Baltimore in 2002 and Washington DC in 2004. In January of 2012, Mike was honored with Toastmasters’ highest designation when he was named “Distinguished Toastmaster.”

Mike also is a regular performer with the Maine Organization Of Storytelling Enthusiasts (aka MOOSE), and is a featured teller in the Storytelling Showcase at the 2012 Western Maine Storytelling Festival.

In real life, Mike makes his living as a trainer of Public Speaking skills.

The 411: Mike Harris