2022 Special Featured Artist

Angel Ocasio

A top physical comedian, actor, clown, writer and ukulele player, Angel Ocasio performs and teaches comedy & clowning skills throughout the United States. He has also performed and taught in Puerto Rico, Canada, Bermuda, Malaysia, China & Mexico. He produces, directs, writes, performs, and emcees for variety, vaudeville, & USO style shows. He is also an actor who has appeared in several T.V. commercials & television shows (Harley-Davidson, Figaro’s Pizza, GRIMM, etc.). As a strolling act, Angel has entertained the audiences for such top performers as Willie Nelson, James Taylor, John Mayer and Pink Martini. He has performed on stage as the opening act for Wayne Newton and Patrick Lamb. Angel had a short stint as a featured clown for Culpepper & Merriweather Great Combined Circus and made promotional appearances for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He also entertained at a Cirque du Soleil “Saltimbanco” premiere party in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, Class of ’84. Angel was selected as the Clowns of America International 2003 “Clown of the Year.” Since 2011, Angel has been the official Portland Rose Festival’s award-winning “Clown Prince” and is the artistic director for the Rose Festival Clowns. As a poet & writer, Angel is also the author of “Clowning: Keep it simple, keep it real”.

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“A clown is an extension of who you are.” In this 9-hour Course we will learn how to develop and understand the comedic character, “the fool.” We will work through clown routines, learning to keep the role of the fool simple, animated, and honest. It’s not the gag that makes the clown, it’s what the clown does, or discovers, while doing the gag that makes the audience connect with the clown. I will bring some clown gags to work on, but if you have a routine you are working on, or an idea, bring it. 

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