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Puddles Pity Party & Houston
Sunday, June 28, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
A 7-foot clown walks into a bar. He motions for a soda water and sits there staring at his drink. The year was 1998 and Puddles the Clown had wandered into the Star Community Bar in Atlanta, US where bartender Big Mike Geier first laid eyes on the sad, silent clown.
“There was a heaviness about him,” says Geier. “I could tell he wasn’t in the mood to chat, so I pretty much left him alone except to pass him the mustard when he pulled an onion and a heel of bread out of his pocket. A couple weeks later, he came by the bar and gave me a flyer to a show he was doing at a flea market. The sound system was crap, but his voice blew me away. I’ve been in my share of bands and wasn’t expecting much from a clown singing karaoke from a boombox. But I’ll be damned if his singing didn’t get me all choked up.”
Since then, the two have become close friends, with Big Mike becoming somewhat of a tour manager/confidant as the pair travel around the globe with Puddles Pity Party, Mike speaking on behalf of Puddles as the clown chooses to stay silent.
It was Halloween 2013 when Puddles then teamed up with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox to record a captivating version of Lordes’ hit song “Royals,” which instantly went viral on YouTube, getting over nine million views (and still counting). The “sad clown with the golden voice” captivated audiences and media from around the world and the rendition went on to sell thousands of copies on iTunes.
Originally from River City, Puddles Pity Party began his travels with a guest spot on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live tour, followed by performances in the incredible immersive theatre show, “Sleep No More” in New York as well as starring in Seattle’s Teatro ZinZanni. He has toured the US and Europe with esoteric rock band EELS, performed Austin’s Moontower Comedy Fest, Montreal’s Just for Laughs, Belgium’s Gent Fest and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Recently performing his sold out show at London’s Soho Theatre, Puddles is now making his Australian debut in Adelaide and Melbourne in 2015, where he will then continue to trot the globe with his Pity Party, singing his sad pop anthems for all the party people.
“Puddles gives an emotive performance that resonates with all kinds of folks,” says Geier. “The crowd really responds to him. There’s something about a giant sad singing clown that comforts us, let’s us know it’s ok to feel, to show our feelings. It’s a sad and beautiful world, and we’re all in it together, even when we’re totally alone.”