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Paolo Garbanzo



Biography

Paul Hudert has performed for crowds all over the US and Europe, he's been a member The Flying Karamazov Brothers, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Juggling Association, and is the 2007-2008 winner of The International Jester Competition, making him the Official Jester of Muncaster Castle. He's the first American in history to be an official Jester of an English castle!

Paul's professional career started back in college. For six years Paul was the director of The Garbanzo Brothers, a comedy juggling troupe based in Richmond, Virginia. The Garbanzo Brothers traveled up and down the East Coast, performing at Hershey Park, The Kennedy Center, Baltimore Inner Harbor, and many other events and festivals.

Upon moving to the West Coast in 2001, Paul decided to go solo and started to perform on stage at San Francisco's famous Pier 39, thus joining the ranks of San Francisco's world famous buskers and street performers. Paul joined The Flying Karamazov Brothers in December 2001, and performed with them as Misha Karamazov for two years before returning to his solo shows.

Paul performs his Renaissance shows in the United States almost year round, spending most of his summers at medieval and busker festivals, travelling between England, Germany, and Italy. He has performed for many notable festivals, such as The Maryland Faire, King Richard's Faire, Bristol Faire, Bay Area, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Louisiana, San Diego, Sterling, and many more as Paolo Garbanzo, using his Italian family background as inspiration for his alter-ego.

In 2002, Paul started The Accidental Circus a burlesque side-show comedy act, involving many of his friends from all over the country. This show takes many shapes and forms, depending on where and when it's being performed. In the winter of 2003 Paul traveled to Turin, Italy, for 6 months to teach juggling and comedy at La Scuola di Formazione Arti Circensi (School for the Formation of Circus Arts) at the Royal Gymnastics Academy in Torino, or "FLIC," as it is called. During 2005, Paul began performing with longtime friend Carl Asch in "The Oops! Comedy Knife Throwing Show," a show full of laughs and amazing skills.

Working with longtime friends the Clan Tynker, Paul embarked on a month long tour of Italy in June 2006. Performing shows exclusively in Italian, the group attended festivals such as Travolgente in Rimini, Artisti In Piazza in Pennabilli, the Vespa Festival in Torino, and (accidentally) a Gay Pride Parade that was going on at the same time (the costumes were a big hit!).

In June 2007, Paul competed in and won the International Jester Competition at Muncaster Castle, England. Paul was the official Fool of Muncaster (and the Honorary Fool of England) for one year, where he performed his duties as Fool at various events at Muncaster including the Month Of Fools in August 2007, April Fool's Day 2008, where he was the King for the Day at a traditional Fool's Feast! (a very special day for Paul now). In June 2008 Paul returned once again to Muncaster to emcee the 2008 Festival of Fools where he handed his bell-encrusted crown over to the next Fool. Much like the Miss America Pagent, once you become a Fool of Muncaster, you are ALWAYS a Fool of Muncaster.

Paul's major current project is a DVD of his 2007 tour through England and winning the Jester Competition at Muncaster Castle. The video is now on sale at his website and will be appearing at film festivals all over the US and Europe!

Currently juggling 5 torches on the walking globe, Paul's usual grand finale trick involves balancing on the "Ball of Death" and catching flaming torches thrown at him by volunteers! Paul is also an experienced fire eater and unicyclist, as well as a manipulator of many props such as flaming devil sticks, diabolo, but his best tool is his comedy timing and personality. He is experienced at performing stage shows or strolling and interacting with crowds and audiences of all ages. Paul is also an accomplished director, directing the Garbanzo Family Circus show for the Pennsylvania Renaissance faire in 2004, as well as a pre-joust fire show at the PA faire in 2005 and 2010. Paul is also the director of "The Accidental Circus."
Paolo Garbanzo