The 20th Annual Portland CLOWNS WITHOUT BORDERS Benefit Matinée Show!
Feb 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 1:00

$18 Advance
$26 At the Door
$35 Preferred Seating (first 5 rows of center section - available in advance only)
$10 Kids 12 & Under

The very best circus artists and physical comedians to benefit Clowns Without Borders
Live Music, aerialists, jugglers, acrobats, comics, strange stunts at this special MATINÉE SHOW!

This show will feature Louis Pearl, the Amazing Bubble Man; Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein, the internationally acclaimed lasso-spinning wonder; astounding aerial acrobatics on cloud swing by Larke Schuldberg of NightFlight; Rhys Thomas’s extremely funny and entirely amazing juggling antics; jaw-dropping magic by Adam the Great; bakery juggling by Josie Mae; Michael O’Neill’s side-splitting physical comedy; and Pauline Peterson, young unicycle whiz.

Ticket sales ended Feb 9, 2019 1:00 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
The area’s best circus and variety performers volunteer their talent each year for Portland Clowns Without Borders Benefit Show, making for a brilliant all-ages show for a great cause. Proceeds of the show support CWB-USA’s work of relieving suffering and promoting resilience through laughter in areas of crisis all over the world. This show will support CWB’s 2019 projects, many serving refugee populations in the Balkans, Greece, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, and the USA.

Clowns Without Borders sends professional performers to areas of crisis around the world because laughter and humor have been shown to provide social, emotional, physical and cognitive benefits to children and their communities. CWB-USA is funded mainly through events like these and small individual donations, and Portland’s CWB benefit show is the biggest and longest-running in the nation.

David "Leapin’ Louie" Lichtenstein, a master of physical comedy, trick roping, fancy whip cracking, juggling, unicycling, reels out a hilarious comedy cowboy show and literally ropes the crowd in. Generally considered the most explosive Lithuanian Jewish Cowboy Comedian to ever come out of Oregon, Louie combines a unique comic character, high energy comedy, physical clowning, and a world class array of cowboy rope and whip tricks, plus improvisation and audience participation.

David has performed Leapin’ Louie shows in 28 different countries around the world including many tours of Europe and Japan, and a 33 city USA tour with country music stars Brooks and Dunn. In 2012 alone, David performed in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Australia.

David has a wife, two adult children, 3 chickens, and other unruly animals at home in Portland, Oregon, USA. more >>>
Rhys Thomas | 2:00 PM
Rhys Thomas has packed houses in solo and duo concerts for theaters across the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

JuggleMania is often compared to a Pixar movie because it's family entertainment that actually appeals to the whole family. "Hilarity and dexterity" barely describes the comedy juggling, magic and acrobalancing of Rhys Thomas. Add multi-instrumentalist Shoehorn and it's toe-tapping fun for everyone.

In a duo show with the multi-instrumentalist Shoehorn, Rhys multi-tasks with one of the most versatile musicians in the world. As a solo, Rhys has opened for many national stars including The Smothers Brothers, Leon Redbone, Weird Al Yankovic, and Weird Al Gore.

May contain peanuts.

Sure, the kids don’t get the joke about bowl spinning being “the trick that killed Ed Sullivan” and they miss the sly political reference about the audience moving “a little to the left”, but they get more than their parents think they should. The older kids love the Chinese YoYo tricks and the way Rhys careens to the edge of the stage on his six-foot “suicycle.” All the kids want to volunteer for the ball-spinning “filler act”. For some reason, the youngest especially love the ball dropping routine. And everybody’s on the edge of their seats as Rhys juggles four machetes atop the ladder of swords. Add to that the music of Shoehorn as he weaves jazz, world beat, rock, classical, and hip-hop soundscapes for Rhys’ handstands, acrobatic ladder play, storytelling, ropewalking, and escape artistry. Tap and sax are his loves, but Shoehorn also charms rhythms and tunes out of piano, clarinet, drums, children’s toys, and his patented “E-Tap” midi invention. more >>>
Adam The Great | 2:00 PM
Since the age of 18, Adam the Great has been weaving his brand of fast-paced magic with comedic timing and true showmanship. His shows pack a ton of audience participation. His eye-popping close up magic and comedy stage shows are a unique blend of charm, wit and innovation.

As a two-time U.S. Department of Defense entertainer, Adam the Great “mystified troops and their families” overseas providing contagious laughter and a much needed distraction. His experience allows him to utilize his talents in such a personal way that he becomes the table talk for years down the road. more >>>