Airtalk for September 25, 2013

'Humor Abuse' explores growing up in the circus

Actor Lorenzo Pisoni plays a clown in his one-man show, "Humor Abuse."

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Actor Lorenzo Pisoni plays a clown in his one-man show, "Humor Abuse."

In the new one-man show, “Humor Abuse,” which opened Saturday at the Mark Taper Forum, actor Lorenzo Pisoni plays a clown reminiscing about a life of pratfalls, juggling, and the divorce of his parents.

Pisoni, the son of a circus clown in real life, created the show along with director Erica Schmidt, and while the stage is simple and the cast is but one man, it’s an action-packed tale of a young man building the courage to run away from a life in the circus...an ironic twist on the cliched boyhood dream of doing just the opposite. Even if you grew up terrified by clowns, Pisoni’s performance may just convert you.

Guests:

Lorenzo Pisoni, star and sole cast member of “Humor Abuse” which opened at the Mark Taper Forum this past Saturday 9/21

Erica Schmidt, director of “Humor Abuse” which opened at the Mark Taper Forum this past Saturday 9/21


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