UPCOMING SHOWS AND WORKSHOPS!
The DTHIG DTHAG THE WOWWD Tour!
Jan 9, 2018: BUTT KAPINSKI, 7:30 and 9:30 shows at PianoFight in San Francisco. (Sold out)
Jan 10/11: NAKED COMEDY 2-NIGHT INTENSIVE at SAFEhouse Arts in San Francisco. (Sold out)
Jan 18-27: BUTT KAPINSKI at the World Buskers Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand. Info here!
Date TBA: NAKED COMEDY LAB in Christchurch
Feb 7-17: BUTT KAPINSKI at the Blue Room, Fringeworld, Perth, Australia. Info here!
Feb 12: NAKED COMEDY LAB at the Blue Room. Info here!
TAKE NO THIT Summer Tour 2017!
July 5-15: BUTT KAPINSKI at the Toronto Fringe! Tix and info here!
July 17, 18, 19: NAKED COMEDY 3-NIGHT INTENSIVE WORKSHOP. Winchester Street Theatre, Toronto! See the Info!
July 29-30: NAKED COMEDY LAB in London, UK. Produced by C3Something. Get the scoop!
Aug 2-27: BUTT KAPINSKI at the Edinburgh Fringe. Pleasance Dome, Bristo Square. Dig the dirt!
The Cousin’s Bar Mitzvah Tour!!!
Tues, May 30th, 5-9pm: Naked Comedy Intensive at Baltimore Theatre Project. http://www.theatreproject.org/the-naked-comedy-intensive/
Thursday, June 1st, 7:30pm: Butt Kapinski at DC/AC, produced by Washington Improv Theater. http://witdc.org/performances/lineup-coming-soon-23/
Saturday, June 3rd, 10am-5pm: Naked Comedy Full-Day Intensive. Produced by WIT. http://witdc.org/classes/naked-comedy-day-intensive-deanna-fleysher/
Bewwingham Spring 2017!
April 27, 28, 29, 7:30pm: Butt Kapinski at The Sylvia Center. http://www.idiomtheater.com/tickets/
Sundays, May 7, 14, 21, 3-6pm: Naked Comedy Workshops at The Upfront Theater Studio with Class show! at 10pm on Thurs, May 25th. Email email@example.com for more info.
THE AMEWICAN IN OTH TOUR 2017!
Jan 22-29: Butt Kapinski and Naked Comedy Workshops at the WA Circus Festival in Karridale, WA.
Jan 31 and Feb 5: Butt Kapinski at Mandurah By The Sea Festival, Mandurah, WA. http://www.manpac.com.au/show/butt-kapinski/
Feb 2-9: Butt Kapinski at the Blue Room, Fringeworld, Perth, WA. https://www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/event/butt_kapinski/8344ddb9-08dd-413e-a7b0-09da3c3d47bb/
Feb 3: Naked Comedy Workshop, Blue Room, Perth. http://blueroom.org.au/seasons/summer-series-2017-workshops/
Feb 17-Mar 19: Butt Kapinski at the Adelaide Fringe. Garden of Unearthly Delights, 9:30 nightly except Mondays. Adelaide, SA. https://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/butt-kapinski Also available daytimes to coach, dramaturg, direct or otherwise support performers in their quest for ever-increasing awesomeness.
Mar 2, 9, 16. 2pm Naked Comedy Workouts at Fringe Club, Adelaide Fringe.
Mar 21-25. Naked Comedy Workshop in Melbourne, VC. Info to follow. Also happy to coach, direct, dramaturg or offer any support for pre-Comedy Fest punch-ups and aforementioned awesomeness.
Butt rests Stateside!
Nov 3-5: BUTT KAPINSKI: DICK ON THE LOOSE. Vancouver, BC. http://tickets.theatrewire.com/shows/butt%20kapinski-%20dick%20on%20the%20loose/events
Nov 9: BUTT IN PHILLY at L’Etage. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2708358. Discount code “degenerate” cuz you looked at this website, awesomeface.
Nov 11-13: NAKED COMEDY LAB INTENSIVE in Philly. https://www.facebook.com/events/175102096273055/
Nov 13: BUTT IN NYC, ONE NIGHT ONLY AND FREE. https://www.facebook.com/events/1837565126480450/
Sept 6: BUTT KAPINSKI: DICK ON THE FRINGE opening night show and Vancouver Fringe fundraiser. Granville Island, Vancouver, BC. http://www.vancouverfringe.com/openingnight/
Sept 24/25: NAKED COMEDY LAB INTENSIVE, Edmonton, Alberta. http://www.edclownfest.ca/events/2016/9/24/the-naked-comedy-weekend-intensive
Sept 29 and Oct 1: BUTT KAPINSKI at the Edmonton Clown Festival. Edmonton, Alberta. http://boxoffice.tixonthesquare.ca/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=2887
Oct 6-8, 13-15: WESTWARD HO’S, a non-Butt Kapinski project directed by Deanna and starring a gang of deliriously talented crazy people. Bellingham, WA. Stay tuned for more Info!!
Dec 2015-Apr 2016: The IT’TH NOT A TOUW; IT’TH A WIFETHTYWE tour!
Dec 26-27: World Premiere of BUTT KAPINSKI: AND A VERY SATANIC NEW YEAR at the iDiOM Theatre, in Bellingham, WA. http://www.idiomtheater.com/events/butt-kapinski-and-a-very-satanic-new-year/
Jan 1-3: BUTT KAPINSKI: AND A VERY SATANIC NEW YEAR produced by the Fringe Year Round/Orlando Fringe Festival. http://orlandofringe.org/event/fyr-butt-kapinski-and-a-very-satanic-new-year/
Jan 4-5: Naked Comedy Lab in Orlando. Co-presented by the Orlando Fringe Festival. http://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/naked-comedy-workshop/
Late January: Probably Naked Comedy Labs in Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC.
Feb 12-March 13: BUTT KAPINSKI at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, co-produced by Hey Boss and presented at the Garden of Unearthly Delights. http://www.gardenofunearthlydelights.com.au/tickets/performances.php?eventId=7152:1300
March: Naked Comedy Lab in Adelaide! Details TBA.
March 23-April 17: BUTT KAPINSKI at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, co-produced by Hey Boss and presented by Tuxedo Cat.
April: Naked Comedy Lab in Melbourne! Details TBA
A LIL’ OCTOBER 2015 TOUR!
October 16-17: BUTT KAPINSKI at Electric Lodge in Walla Walla, WA, produced by Gesa Powerhouse Theatre. www.phtww.com
Oct 29-Nov 1: BUTT KAPINSKI at Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, YK.
May-Aug 2015: THE OBTHENEWY WONG TOUW THAT NEVEW ENDTHTHTHTHT
May 12-25: Butt Kapinski at the Orlando Fringe Festival. http://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/butt-kapinski/details
May 30: Naked Comedy 1-day intensive at DC Arts Center in DC, co-produced by Happy Buddha.
June 4-5: Butt Kapinski at Quig’s Pub in Philadelphia, PA. Info and tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.
June 6-7: Naked Comedy intensive at Headlong in Philadelphia, PA. For more info and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org
June 9: Naked Comedy workshop in New York City, produced by the PIT. http://thepit-nyc.com/product/naked-comedy-workshop-with-deanna-fleysher/
June 18-21: Butt Kapinski at SummerFest at the CoHo Theatre, Portland, OR. http://www.cohoproductions.org/box-office/announcing-summerfest-2015-lineup
June 23-24: Naked Comedy workshop at JetCity Improv in Seattle, WA. https://wingitproductions.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0O1600000eJ9nPEAS
June 25-27: Butt Kapinski at the iDiOM Theatre in Bellingham, WA. http://www.idiomtheater.com/events/butt-kapinski/
June 27-28: Naked Comedy Intensive in Bellingham, WA, produced by Northwest Passage. https://www.facebook.com/events/1622237068012802/
June 29-30: Naked Comedy workshop at the Dusty Flowershop in Vancouver, BC. https://www.facebook.com/events/493036944178124/
July 11: Naked Comedy workshop in Portland at Shout House. https://www.facebook.com/events/795384473914978/
July 13: Butt Kapinski in Grand Forks, ND
July 15-25: Butt Kapinski at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. 9:15 every night (except 7/21 and 22), 245 McDermott, 4th floor.
Aug 1: Naked Comedy workshop in London ENGLAND, produced by C3something.
Aug 2: Butt Kapinski at C3Something show, London. http://c3something.com/event/anne-frank-want-you-to-see-this-14/
Aug 8-30: Butt Kapinski at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 2:10pm every day except Tuesdays. Liquid Rooms Annexe. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/butt-kapinski
Butt Kapinski rests!
Jan 2015: A COWD COWD TOUW
Jan 19-22: Naked Comedy Workshop at Amherst College
Jan 23: Butt Kapinski at Amherst College
Jan 24: Butt Kapinski in New London, CT. Presented by Flock Theatre! Info at https://www.facebook.com/events/976254835721339/
Jan 29: Butt Kapinski at ImprovBoston. Info at
Jan 31: Intensive Workshop at ImprovBoston. Info at http://www.improvboston.com/
Feb 1: Private Workshop with ImprovBoston resident cast
Aug, Sept and Oct 2014: A WEAWY WONG Tour!
Aug 1-9: Butt Kapinski at the Calgary Fringe Festival
Aug 14-25: Butt Kapinski at the Edmonton Fringe Festival
Aug 26-27: Naked Comedy Lab 2-day Intensive in Edmonton
Sept 4-5: Butt Kapinski at the Coho Theater in Portland, OR
Sept 6: Butt Kapinski and Naked Comedy Lab 1-day Intensive at Unexpected Productions in Seattle, WA
Sept 13-14: Naked Comedy Lab Weekend Intensive in Portland, OR
Sept 18-20: Butt Kapinski at the iDiOM Theater in Bellingham, WA
Sept 21: Naked Comedy Lab 1-day Intensive at Northwest Passage, Bellingham, WA
Sept 26-27: Butt Kapinski at ArtSpring, Salt Spring Island, BC
Sept 30-Oct 11: Butt Kapinski at The Cultch, Vancouver, BC
Oct 6,7,13,14: Naked Comedy Lab 4-Day Intensive in Vancouver
Oct 16-18: Butt Kapinski and Naked Comedy at UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
Oct 25-26: Butt Kapinski at Chez Poulet, San Francisco, 7pm both nights. Tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/
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May 2014: the CWITH-CWOTH THE COUNTWY tour!
DALLAS, TEXAS. Butt Kapinski and Naked Comedy at the Dallas Solo Festival
Shows: Thurs, May 22nd @ 10:30pm
Fri, May 23 @ 7:30pm
Sat, May 24 @ 9pm
tickets and info at http://www.dallassolofest.com/butt-kapinski-by-deanna-fleysher.html
Naked Comedy Lab
Sat, May 24, 3-6pm
AUSTIN, TEXAS. Naked Comedy Workshops at the Institution Theater
Naked Comedy Level 1: http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com/workshops/78
May 26, 7-10pm
Beyond Naked, a 2-day Intensive with Asaf Ronen: http://www.theinstitutiontheater.com/workshops/80
May 27 and 28, 7-10pm
TORONTO: Butt Kapinski at the Toronto Festival of Clowns and a Naked Comedy Lab
Shows: Fri, May 30th @ 8pm
Sat, May 31st @ 6pm
Sun, June 1st @ 4:30pm
Pia Bouman School, 6 Noble Street
tickets and info: http://www.torontofestivalofclowns.com/?p=3238
Naked Comedy Lab
Mon, June 2nd, 12-4pm at The Comedy Bar.
email me for details!
WASHINGTON, DC: Butt Kapinski and Naked Comedy
June 13 @ 10pm
DCAC, 2438 18th St. NW
tickets and info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/684310
Naked Comedy Lab
presented by Washington Improv Theater
June 15, 12-3pm
info and registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wit-u-naked-comedy-lab-registration-11543303331
thassall folks! Stay tuned for THE BIG-ATH NOWTH TOUR AUG-OCT 2014!
Dec 2013: Is it time for a Bigass Artist Statement?
I’ve been doing Butt Kapinski since 2008. S/he has performed everywhere from church basements to strip clubs, from New York City’s Lincoln Center to an after-hours bar in Melbourne, Australia. I expect I will do Butt Kapinski until I die.
I came to clown/bouffon from improv comedy, and from my dissatisfaction with the limits of improv comedy, as least how it’s generally practiced these days. Del Close invented the Harold like he was taking a shit: it was just one of many ways he devised to explore spontaneous group creation. I see how UCB teaches the Harold now, and it’s literally a mathematical formula. Seriously, they give out handouts with charts and graphs. I love to improvise, and improv is central to my work, but improv comedy was never where I was destined to land.
Giovanni Fusetti says that improv comedy is dry and clown is wet. Yes yes yes!
I celebrate theater that is hilarious, risky, and above all, moist!
Butt Kapinski was born out of many fascinations and passions: film noir, roman noir (especially the worlds of Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain and Charles Bukowski), kink, BDSM, a few trips to Burning Man, urban loneliness, gender trouble, beat poetry, chiaroscuro and trench coats.
Butt is me. I was once a child with a big arsenal of vocabulary and a mouth full of speech impediments. I too have spent many hours alone wandering city streets, trying to crack the most existential of cases. I am a writer who finds writing too lonely. I am a creator who doesn’t want to create in front of, but with.
I create and love theater that is interactive, experiential, spectacle. I celebrate the spontaneous community that is created anew at every performance.
The more present the audience is required to be, the more invested they are. I ask a great deal of my audience, and they seem to like it that way. They sit up a little bit in their seats. People often ask me what I do and/or how I feel when the audience is “bad.” But the audience is never bad. Everything they offer is beautiful and right. I am sometimes confounded, occasionally flustered, but never disappointed.
Butt has taken a journey to find the right kind of vehicle. At first, I was the number one in a 3-clown team for a show called “Kill Me Loudly,” directed by Eric “Red Bastard” Davis. Then I went solo and did a “The Kapinski Private Eye Academy” on the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with two musicians and a city block of mysteries. But, in terms of harnessing audience energy, it’s too hard to compete with the sky, and so Butt went indoors. And now the audience makes a film noir with me, different each night, but always full of lust, loneliness, urban degradation and poetry.
And laughs. I forgot about those.
There are definitely lots of laughs, despite the fact that I write very seriously about Butt, and Butt takes himself/herself very seriously… this is why, if I have to pick, I call the show clown and not bouffon. I’ve gotten in fist fights around this issue, as some people have wanted to call Butt Kapinski bouffon, probably because they know that I directed “Red Bastard,” which is mostly bouffon, and because also Butt is somewhat lumpy and dumpy, and deals in dark subject matter.
But it’s not really bouffon. I define clown and bouffon based on the character’s relationship to the audience. Clowns need and love the audience, as does Butt.
Not that those distinctions matter that much. I like work best that plays with that audience relationship, and lets it evolve. I might have bouffonish moments in my clown show, and I like clownish moments in a bouffon show. I like the ride.
Each of us has our own unique relationship to the audience, and that is somewhere on the spectrum between clown and bouffon, but it doesn’t have to be all one or all the other, and maybe it shouldn’t be. That is why I eschew the labels and call my teaching practice “Naked Comedy.” This is also because I don’t want to scare off the (quite American) clown-squeamish folks. Ultimately, we’re just talking about vulnerability, audience connection, satire. The focus is on how each performer connects best to the audience— how s/he is most delightful, utterly can’t-take-your-eyes-offable, and wet as fuck.
I sometimes wonder if we each have “more than one clown” in our arsenal or if we just have one. The novelist Philip Roth once said that all of his novels are just one novel—that a dreamer may dream different scenes one night, but it is all one dream. Butt Kapinski is my scene, but as I continue to grow and explore, s/he may be just one scene—albeit a crucial one—of my glorious and deliciously dangerous dream.
Stay tuned for MyGloriousAndDeliciouslyDangerousDream.com.
Ha ha, don’t really.
Aug 2013: Just because you click on “NEWS” doesn’t mean you get the skinny.
Things happen, you know. Media moguls keeps secrets. Scandals are hush-hushed like Victorian babies. Private eyes forget to update the “News” section of their websites. You know the drill.
It’s actually been a banner year for ol’ Butt. There’ve been some awards and awesome reviews, sure, but the main thing is: the show is solid, tested, approved, and hot-to-trot. It’s good to go.
This is an update from a dingy motel room off the 5 in Medford, Oregon.
I am on Day 2 of THE THOWITAWY MAN TOUR 2013, including Portland, Bellingham, Vancouver, Salt Spring Island, and more destinations still to come. Butt shows and Naked Comedy workshops are happening up and down the Pacific Northwest this August/September.
There’s even a trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRSD38BUW5w
And a phonetic twitter feed: https://twitter.com/ButtKapinski
we press on!
On Montreal Fringe:
Kapinski has celebrated the move to Los Angeles with a nose job.
Also, “Butt Kapinski, Private Eye” is debuting at the Montreal Fringe Festival.
We have found a home at ARTWORKS Theatre.
Red Bastard is playing regular shows there. Check him out! Next show: February 20 at 8pm.
|Join me for the maiden voyage of The Naked Comedy Lab: a workshop for funny people who like to be bold, bold people who like to be funny, and everyone who seeks absolute pig-in-shitdom on a stage. Your relationship to the audience is unique, and we will learn about it. Through physical exploration, we will find your funny body. We will hone the brave, theatrical and hilarious you.This class will be extremely active, on your feet, on the floor. You must be in workout wear. No shoes. You’re lucky you’re allowed to wear clothes.Artworks Theater, 6569 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA|
Oct 7th, 2011. 8pm. East LA.
PERVERTED FILM NOIR NIGHT AT HM157
A double feature of weird, sexy film noirs on a big outdoor screen. Curated and hosted by Butt Kapinski.
BUTT KAPINSKI IS NOW IN THE CITY OF ANGELS.
Hollywood: land of broken dreams, streets of Raymond Chandler, melting pot of American contradictions. Now home to Butt Kapinski, private dick, crime solver and hero of urban decay.
Butt Kapinski, PI, is open for business.