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Matthew Pauli


Matthew Pauli is a 1991 graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and has been clowning ever since. He appears regularly at corporate events, street festivals, fairs and picnics and in his stage shows. His work as a clown has taken him around the U.S. and as far away as Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Matthew performs with the Big Apple Circus, sharing the role of Grandma with creator and International Clown Hall of Fame inductee Barry Lubin. Matthew cannot overstate what an honor is it to work as Grandma.  Since 1999, he has been a proud member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Program, performing at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Matthew has been involved with puppetry most of his life. For five years he worked as a principal performer with Beale Street Puppets. With Beale Street, Matthew performed all over the US and in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Festival Fringe.

As a freelancer, Matthew has built several versions of Audrey II, the man-eating plant in Little Shop of Horrors, a life size Rhino for Circus Millennia, a 13 foot long dragon, and a host of puppets for Imagination Stage of Bethesda, MD, including Ferdinand the Bull, Trickman: a Spell of Cold Weather, Voyage of the Jumblies, The BFG, and Bunnicula. Matthew also created the donkey head for their mascot, Nick Bottom.

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/7/2012: STREET TO STAGE: Swami Yomahmi, Matt Pauli, Karen Beriss, Evan Young

Swami Yomahmi, the Original Sideshow Geek, presents his unique combination of dangerous acts and physical comedy, while actor and comedian Matt Pauli will do some plate spinning, cigar box juggling, balancing, and even some banjo ukulele playing. Magician and comedian Karen Beriss will appear, as well as talented juggler Evan Young. Part of Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America.

Matthew Pauli